Tim Tebow released from Jets. Is Tebow time over? (+video)
'Tim Tebow released' is the news the football world knew had to be coming after the New York Jets drafted a quarterback Saturday. Going forward, however, neither Tim Tebow nor the Jets seem to have a lot of good options.
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And according to some, that might not be any better. Rich Cimini wrote on ESPN.com Saturday that the Jets' drafting of Smith was a total hedge bet, demonstrating a lack of confidence in all of their options. They waited three picks to take Smith, after all. (They took two players in the first round.)Skip to next paragraph
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“Their lack of faith in Mark Sanchez was greater than their love for Geno Smith,” Cimini wrote. “If they considered Smith a franchise quarterback, the New York Jets would've taken him with their first pick, ninth overall. If they were convinced he'd be a step below elite, they would've stopped his infamous slide with their second pick, 13th overall…. The Jets were willing to take the chance because they're so, so down on Sanchez.”
Cimini then quoted an anonymous source who said that Smith would be best “holding the clipboard a little.” In New York, he may not get that chance.
Meanwhile, what’s next for Tebow?
He’ll keep trying to play quarterback, it seems. Tebow was attending all of the Jets’ optional workouts before being cut. He spent the offseason in Florida working on his throwing mechanics, and he showed up to minicamp 12 pounds lighter, according to the Jets. But QB may not be where he’s wanted.
After Tebow barely played in New York, being passed over for McElroy after Sanchez’s late-season flameout, his agent was allowed to seek trade possibilities as early as last month, and a few teams around the league reportedly expressed interest – if he’d switch positions. He wouldn’t. It’s possible that a team could still pick him up as a second backup: New Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has gushed about Tebow in the past, and he could make for a serviceable backup on a read-option team, like the Redskins or the 49ers (if they need one).
The other oft-mentioned option: the Canadian Football League, which has a wider field and a style of play that some see as more conducive to Tebow’s skill set. Thus far, he’s shown no signs of even entertaining the possibility, but that could change if he can’t find an NFL fit.
Or he could just get his motivational speaking career started early. He’s shown plenty of promise on that front.
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