Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 5/10/13

Since the Jets released Tim Tebow yesterday, there's been some talk around the NFL community that another team may be willing to pick up Tebow if he's willing to play a different position such as fullback or tight end. Now, it seems, the Jets never considered changing his position, viewing him as a quarterback to till the end. On "Mike and Mike in the Morning," Jets general manager John Idzik was asked if the Jets had been considering moving Tebow to a different position. His response was rather surprising. "No, we didn’t. Tim, while I was here, he was slated as a quarterback." And that's it. Two short sentences explaining the Jets' logic, or lack thereof, in the release of Tim Tebow. He wasn't given an opportunity to compete, he wasn't given an opportunity to change positions, and ultimately, he wasn't given an opportunity to play with the Jets. Now to be fair, the Jets surely had great plans for Tebow, but they never panned out. Les Carpenter of Yahoo Sports went so far as to accuse the Jets of sabotaging Tebow's post-New York job options. That's not why the Jets waited to release Tebow. They were able to acquire Geno Smith, eliminating a need to keep Tim Tebow. It's that simple. With his interview on "Mike and Mike," Idzik gave us a little glimpse into the Jets' logic. You may not agree with it, but something tells me getting rid of Tebow was as much about limiting distractions moving forward as it was about releasing a quarterback that never really played much in the first place. [follow]

This article first appeared on This Given Sunday and was syndicated with permission.

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