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
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
Now that he’s hit the open market, Tebow will finally have a chance to audition for a team that may actually desire his services. As expected, there doesn’t seem to be a initial surge of interested parties, but there could soon be a number of intrigued suitors lining up to see what Tebow can bring to the table.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that the three-year veteran is willing to move from quarterback to another position in order to keep his NFL career going. There have been rumblings of Tebow potentially lining up at H-back, which is a change he is receptive to making.
Refuse to delve delve into Tebow hysteria other than to point out he's willing to take on a new position (FB/TE/H-back) options very limited— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 29, 2013
However, Tebow could remain under center, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted the 25-year-old showed up to the team’s training facility this spring having lost 15 pounds. He is apparently looking faster and lighter than before, and he has improved mechanics on his much-maligned throwing motion.
It seems that Tebow's true desire is to remain under center, as Schefter reported Tebow wasn't willing to make the transition to tight end when he was seeking a trade earlier in the offseason.
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
Schefter also noted that Tebow was garnering significant support from Jets personnel, but the sensible and fair decision was to release the backup QB.
As soon as Gang Green nabbed West Virginia signal-caller Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, Tebow’s days with the organization were numbered.
Smith’s arrival made for a total of six QBs on the roster—including Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, David Garrard and Matt Simms. It was clear that coach Rex Ryan wasn’t going to keep that many quarterbacks for longer than training camp, Tebow’s release was the most sensible option at this juncture.
With his days as a Jet finally over, the former Florida star can finally concentrate on resurrecting his career and becoming a productive player in the NFL.
Tebow simply didn’t get a fair shake in the Big Apple, appearing in just 12 games, completing 6-of-8 passes for 39 yards and rushing 32 times for 102 yards during that stretch.
What will happen with Tebow?
Due to his renewed focus and motivation—plus an improved throwing motion—there should certainly be a roster spot somewhere in the league for the No. 25 overall pick in the 2010 draft.
At the very least, he projects as a versatile backup with quarterback experience who could also provide depth at running back, tight end and fullback. After a few weeks of workouts and interviews, don’t be surprised to hear about Tebow signing a contract with a new NFL organization.