The popular quarterback came to New York after leading the Denver Broncos to the second round of the playoffs in 2011. Unfortunately, he never truly got his opportunity to be a starting quarterback with the Jets after sitting behind Mark Sanchez for most of the season.
In 2012, Tebow finished with only eight pass attempts and 32 carries.
As bad as this was for the quarterback, this was a poor situation for the Jets as well. Not only did he not contribute on the field, but his presence on the roster caused problems for the team throughout the season.
Former quarterback Jeff Garcia noted (via Rich Cimini of ESPN), Tebow "does not bring anything positive" and was a "distraction" throughout the year.
Sanchez recently voiced his displeasure to Fox Sports Radio (via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News) and said, "I just don’t know if it was the best situation for either of us."
As a result, Cimini reported that the Jets were looking to trade Tebow starting at the NFL Scouting Combine.
James Walker of ESPN then stated that the team was still trying to shop the quarterback to try to get anything of value in return.
Unfortunately, it appears that the time has come to give up on the hope of making a trade. The market has spoken, and no one around the league values Tebow enough to complete a deal.
With this being the case, the Jets now have no choice but to release the popular quarterback.
It is obvious based on last season's results that Rex Ryan has no interest in using Tebow as a starter. Sanchez had the second-worst quarterback rating in the NFL a year ago, and yet he still kept his job for most of the season.
When Sanchez was finally benched, the coach decided to name Greg McElroy the new starting quarterback.
Therefore, Tebow is now a player with no chance to start and has little value as a back. And yet he is still a distraction to others on the team.
This is not someone that should be on a team.
Chris Strauss of USA Today even goes as far as saying that Tebow will not be on any NFL roster Week 1 of the 2013 season. He argues that the negatives far outweigh the positives and the quarterback will remain unemployed.
Although a team could still take a chance on him at some point, the Jets should end this fiasco and release him once and for all.
This is not what the organization hoped for a year ago, but this is the only option for New York to return to prominence.