A little over a year after he arrived in New York to great fanfare, the New York Jets have released Tim Tebow.
The New York Post’s Brian Costello reported the news, which came on the day players, including starter Mark Sanchez, were expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., for workouts. Although Sanchez struggled last season, Tebow, the often-polarizing quarterback, could never get onto the field with the Jets, even though he led the 2011 Denver Broncos to a playoff victory at the height of Tebowmania. The Tebow era ends with him participating in only 72 offensive snaps with the Jets.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Coach Rex Ryan said (via ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini). “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”
The Heisman Trophy winner, who led Florida to two national championships, has been working out at the Jets’ facility and was already in workout clothes when he was summoned to the office of General Manager John Idzik this morning, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports. He’ll hit the waiver wire at 4 p.m.
On Friday, the Jets made it clear that they were going in another direction by taking West Virginia’s Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft. He was the sixth QB on their roster (along with Greg McElroy, David Garrard and Matt Simms).
Tebow, speaking in Fort Worth on Sunday night, was asked about his future and said that he is “a member of the New York Jets.” He said that, the Star-Telegram’s Charean Williams reported, with a smile.
The Tebow experiment, heralded with an enormous press conference in March 2012, ended up costing the Jets a fourth-round draft pick and $1.5 million in salary, along with $2.5 million the team had to pay the Broncos.
What happens now for Tebow? The Jets have tried with no luck since the season ended to find a trade partner for him, and although Tebow repeatedly has stated that he is a quarterback, he may have to switch positions if he is to stay in the league.
H/T World of Isaac