Source: The jets have released Tim Tebow #NYJ— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) April 29, 2013
Coming the Monday morning following the 2013 NFL draft, the release happened at the time it had been generally speculated to occur. The timing of the release corroborates the widely held attitude that the Jets' front office had been using the draft as their deadline for trading Tebow and salvaging salary cap space.
It appears that with Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and the newly drafted Geno Smith on the roster, there is no place for Tebow in the upcoming quarterback competition this summer.
The next question that will naturally arise pertains to Tebow's next destination. Since the Jets did not trade Tebow prior to the draft and instead have now released him for nothing, it seems apparent that there do not exist any NFL teams that are interested in Tebow as a quarterback. Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the situation this morning.
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 most important point in Schefter's report is that inquiries related only to tight end, not to the quarterback position. While the interests of countless fans may still revolve around the culturally relevant player, this morning's news and the ever-growing pile of evidence all point toward Tebow not being a quarterback anywhere in the NFL this year. Bomani Jones of TheEveningJones summed up the situation.
the most compelling thing tebow isn't how bad or...bad he is. it's the undying desire millions have to see him do well.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) April 29, 2013
For at least a year now, there has been speculation about Tebow's position. With his inability to achieve NFL-level statistics as a quarterback and his apparent inability to improve his throwing mechanics, a variety of people have raised the options of fullback, tight end, running back and special teams player. As Boren put it in the aforementioned piece:
What happens now for Tebow? The Jets have tried with no luck since the season ended to find a trade partner for him, and although Tebow repeatedly has stated that he is a quarterback, he may have to switch positions if he is to stay in the league.
The toughest question to answer is whether one of the current NFL teams would welcome the Tebow "circus" to town if the only benefit is a backup tight end or something of similar value.
Will Tebow move to the Canadian Football League (CFL) or Arena Football League (AFL)? Will he retire? Will he find a spot somewhere on an existing NFL team?
These questions should all be answered in the coming weeks.