Tim Tebow is released from the New York Jets — finally. The team sent the quarterback packing with a rather backhanded compliment from head coach Rex Ryan.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Ryan says in statement. “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 (losing weight). We wish him the best moving forward.”
There were rumors late in the 2012 season Tebow would return to Florida with the Jacksonville Jaguars as part of a trade deal with the Jets. He now has to pass through waivers, so the Jags could still put in a claim for him if they want to. But, it sounds like they don’t. A rep for the team tells USA Today, “The Jacksonville Jaguars’ plans do not include Tim Tebow.”
The Jets raised the ire of fans throughout the 2012 NFL season by underusing Tebow in favor of failing QB, Mark Sanchez. In just one of the many head-scratching moments from the 6-10 season, Ryan even started third stringer Greg McElroy ahead of Tebow when starter Mark Sanchez was mercifully benched.
But when the former Denver Bronco went to Ryan to plead for his position, haters called him a quitter. “I think that’s what’s disappointing in the whole situation, people saying, ‘Oh, you quit,’ or ‘You didn’t do this,'” Tebow said at the time. “That was not it at all. It was just asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback.”
But he didn’t get much of a shot on special teams either, as the plan was said to be. Tebow was left on the bench for the better part of the season. With the Jets taking quarterback Geno Smith in the 2013 draft, Letting go of Tebow brings the team back down to 5 QBs.
If he can’t find a spot on an NFL team, Tebow always has options in the Arena Football League. The Orlando predators recently made it known they had a contract waiting for him. Hey, it worked for Kurt Warner.