Tim Tebow couldn’t get any playing time last season when the New York Jets had three quarterbacks on the roster. Following the selection of Geno Smith last week, they had six. Well, now they have five. Tebow was informed Monday morning when he arrived at the team’s facility he’ll be waived, and the team put out a statement: “We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. “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 (losing weight). We wish him the best moving forward.”
Tebow will now have to pass through waivers. Teams will have until 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to put in claims for him.
Late in the season, when Ryan benched Mark Sanchez and started Greg McElroy instead of Tebow, the coach had an upset Tebow on his hands. Tebow believed that as he was active for much of the season while McElroy was inactive was an indication he was truly the No. 2 quarterback. He was wrong.
As he hunts for a new team, Tebow has an offer on the table from the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. Last month, owner Brett Bouchy, sensing this moment would be coming, made his pitch to the popular quarterback via the Orlando Sentinel.
Short of heading up there, Tebow is viewed around the league as that versatile player the Jets tried to make him when they sent a fourth-round pick to the Denver Broncos before last season and agreed to split the $5.06 million the Broncos had paid in salary advances. (The Jets owe Denver $1.53 million this season.)
That said, Tebow spent the offseason working with a quarterback coach in Arizona, apparently believing he can still fix his throwing release and become more accurate to go with his late-game heroics he showed in 2011 with the Broncos.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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