The Jets have released quarterback-of-all-trades Tim Tebow, less than 14 months after trading for him.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said in a release. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”
It’s a little strange that Ryan would be the one to comment on the situation, given that G.M. John Idzik surely made the decision. Perhaps Idzik, who had nothing to do with the decision to acquire Tebow, opted to ask Ryan to be the one to apply the final mop to the move that made last year a mess for the Jets.
The timing makes clear that the Jets squatted on Tebow through the draft, in the hopes that someone/anyone would trade something/anything for his contract. On Friday, the Jets leaked to ESPN that he showed up 15 pounds lighter and that Tebow continues to win support in the organization. That was the Hail Mary pass.
And it ended up being roughly as accurate as most of the passes Tebow throws.