After one uneventful season in New York, the Jets have released Tim Tebow after a logjam was created at the quarterback position.
After the New York Jets drafted highly touted quarterback Geno Smith of West Virginia, it left the Jets with six quarterbacks, including Mark Sanchez and Tebow. The release of Tebow had been expected due to his inactivity with the Jets. Coach Rex Ryan benched Sanchez in gave the starter's job to third stringer Greg McElroy leaving Tebow very upset.
Tebow became expendable when the team signed former Jacksonville Jaguar and Miami Dolphin David Garrard.
Ryan released a statement that read:
"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."
The Jets had been trying to shop Tebow around during the Draft, but no one took the bait and now it appears his future is very murky. The Jacksonville Jaguars need help at the quarterback position but said in the past that they would not pursue Tebow.
Tebow may need to convert to another position in order to restart his NFL career. A highly inaccurate thrower, Tebow is just one of five quarterbacks in the last 30 years to complete less than 48% of his passes, with a minimum of 300 throws. The others on the list are Akili Smith, Heath Shuler, Bubby Brister, and Steve Beuerlein.
Tebow said of his time in New York:
"I felt like it was a learning opportunity for me," he said at the end of the season, reflecting on the year that wasn't. "There was a lot that I'll take from it. There's a lot that I learned and there are lot of relationships that I've built, so I know that it happened for a reason."
The New York Jets traded a fourth round pick, $1.5 million in salary, and another $2.5 million to Denver last season to acquire the little used quarterback.