In a statement, Jets coach Rex Ryan said “We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. 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.”
There had been conflicting reports about the Jets’ plans for Tebow over the past few days, some of which may have been leaked by the Jets in a last-ditch effort to salvage something for him in a trade. However, after drafting Geno Smith in the second round on Friday, the chances of Tebow remaining with the Jets seemed extremely remote.
The Jets gave up a fourth round pick and exchanged late round picks with the Broncos to obtain Tebow last year, but he never really settled into the utility role the Jets had planned for him and he ended up playing just 77 snaps and accounting for 141 yards of offense.
Releasing Tebow removes his $2.6m cap number from the books, although the Jets remain on the hook for $1.5m in respect of the salary advance that they split 50:50 with the Broncos when the trade was finalized, so the net cap saving is approximately $1m.
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Everyone knew this was coming, the Jets did their best to shop Tebow, but there was not much market last year and even in a down year for quarterbacks via the draft, Tebow proved extremely difficult to trade. Part of that had to be the knowledge that he would eventually be released. On paper, adding Tebow as a Wildcateer had promise, but the Jets coaches so poorly managed the process and a bad situation became worse. Rib injury or no, as the team’s listed #2 quarterback he didn’t deserve getting played around by Ryan as he was at the end of the season. He should have had a chance to start.
If Tebow wants to play football he might consider joining the CFL where he can start, work on his technique and maybe at some point have a Flutie-like return to the NFL. The NFL is the premiere place to play football, but for as much as he talks about just playing, we’re sure some team in Canada would let him jump right in.
We wish Tebow the best wherever his career leads him, but are a little relieved to finally be out from under this storyline.