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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The New York Jets finally, mercifully, released Tebow Monday morning, after drafting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the early part of the second round Saturday night. Depending on how you feel about Smith’s prospects, the Jets seem to be making stockpiling mediocre quarterbacks the franchise’s second sport: After drafting Smith and acquiring veteran David Garrard in free agency, New York was six-deep at quarterback. With Tebow gone, they’re down to five.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” coach Rex Ryan told ESPN. “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.”
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Tebow can be claimed off the waiver wire by another team at 4 p.m. today. His time in New York cost the Jets a fourth-round pick and $1.5 million in salary, plus $2.5 million they had to pay the Broncos as part of the trade.
That leaves the Jets with pricey, disappointing starter Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, Garrard, Matt Simms, and newcomer Smith. And unless Smith surprises a lot of people by making an impact early, none of this bodes well for the crumbling Jets, or their exasperated fans.
"Butt-fumble" aside, Sanchez’s stock has never been lower: He was dismal last season, and the media circus surrounding Tebow couldn’t have helped his confidence. If things don’t turn around for him early this season, he’ll be holding a clipboard by August, and the starting job will go to Smith.