Jets head coach Rex Ryan talked to Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday about the release of Tebow:
Source: The jets have released Tim Tebow #NYJ— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) April 29, 2013
Rex statement: “We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped." #nyj (pt1)— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) April 29, 2013
There is no question that acquiring Tebow was the wrong move for New York in retrospect, but ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell shares just how expensive the mistake was:
Rex (contd): "Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving fwd.” #nyj— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) April 29, 2013
After acquiring Tebow and a seventh-round pick from the Denver Broncos in March of 2012 for the Jets’ fourth- and sixth-round picks, the thought was that New York would capitalize on the mobility of the QB and implement a Wildcat-type scheme.
Total $ Jets spent on the Tim Tebow experiment? $4,102,000.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 29, 2013
Just as we wondered how unproductive Tebow was with New York, Anthony Scarallo took to Twitter to share the sad statistics:
While this is a devastating moment for some fans, The Ball Hogs radio show captured this anticlimactic ending perfectly:ESPN’s Adam Schefter points out, New York is making some major offseason moves:
Tim Tebow released after 8 pass attempts in NY— Anthony Scarallo (@AnthonyScarallo) April 29, 2013
Nice quiet one-week span for Jets: traded Darrelle Revis, drafted Dee Milliner and Geno Smith, released Tim Tebow.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2013
While some fans may be satisfied by the moves thus far, Al Hughes Dukes has a fever, and the only cure is more quarterbacks:
Jets had granted Tim Tebow permission this off-season to seek a trade. More than one team asked if were willing to play TE, but he was not.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2013
The release of Tebow has also sent the Twitter world into a frenzy trying to predict what’s next for the polarizing backup QB.
Jets have released Tim Tebow, leaving them with only 6 QBs on the Depth Chart...probably should go out and get one more— Al Hughes Dukes (@Alsboringtweets) April 29, 2013
Another team that has the personnel and coaching staff to take a risk on the enigmatic backup would be the New England Patriots.
If I were Tim Tebow I'd be buying sweaters, wool hats, gloves and scarves. #CFL Oh, Canada. Our home and native land....— Cliff Saunders (@cliffsaunders) April 29, 2013
As Dylan Gray points out, the groundwork for the signing could already be there with the coaching staff (not to mention Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels took Tebow in the first round while he was the head coach of the Broncos):
Tebow has kept a great attitude throughout this entire process, and he has been rewarded with the chance to hit free agency and see if any team is willing to take a risk on him by helping him turn into a viable player in the NFL.
Tim Tebow is officially no longer a jet. Gut feeling patriots will take a look at him. Bill loves Tim— Dylan Gray (@TheDylanGray) April 29, 2013
Will Tim Tebow ever play in the NFL again?
Add in the genuine leadership abilities that can’t be taught, and there will be several teams across the league that will consider taking the risk and signing Tebow.