Tim Tebow Must Be Released By Jets Before NFL Draft

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Quarterbacks Tim Tebow #15 and Mark Sanchez #6, look on as teammate Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets passes before the start of their game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Stop the madness, already!

The Tim Tebow experiment has backfired in the worst possible way for the New York Jets, and the team must cut ties with the controversial quarterback before the 2013 NFL draft.

Owner Woody Johnson recently spoke to the media in Arizona at the NFL meetings. He talked about Tebow, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

Forget about the offseason. The time to make a move is now. 

The Jets have been trying to find a trade partner for Tebow since early February (h/t ESPN's Adam Schefter). There hasn't been a single rumor generated on that front, as teams seem to be completely disinterested in such a proposition.

In the meantime, it seems the Jets can't decide what they want to do with him.

Recently, new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talked up Tebow to reporters, via Mehta

That sounds eerily similar to the spiel we heard last year. 

In a recent interview with NFL Network, Rex Ryan spoke briefly about Tebow, saying he'd compete for the starting job, "for now," and was a member of the team, "for now." That's not exactly a ringing endorsement

The simple truth of Tebow's existence with the Jets is that Ryan has never been a fan of him as a quarterback. He watches Tebow flail around in practice with apparent disdain and doesn't seem to have any faith in his ability to play the position.

The fact that Tebow was shoved down the depth chart in favor of Greg McElroy last season bears out this truth. 

Ryan isn't the only member of the Jets with a lack of faith in Tebow, either. Back in November, Tebow was publicly slammed by his teammates, via Mehta, who called him "terrible" and an "athlete," among other things.

According to Schefter's report in February, "There are members of the Jets organization who regret not giving Tebow a chance last season to prove whether he could succeed at quarterback." Given the way the team struggled in every possible way on offense last season, that's not surprising.

But Tebow will never be viewed as a viable option at the quarterback position by the people who really count, especially now that David Garrard has arrived to compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting role.

Dragging out this circus can only make a bad situation worse.

The last thing the Jets need is Tebow showing up for mini-camps and OTAs. The media throng that surrounds him will never cease, and the best thing the Jets can do is simply release the embattled quarterback before the draft. 


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