Tebow era over in New York after Jets waive QB

NEW YORK (AP) — Tebow Time is off the clock.

Tim Tebow was waived by the Jets on Monday, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York that had been expected

for months.

"Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped," coach Rex Ryan said in a statement by the team in announcing

the move.

The Heisman Trophy winner attempted just

eight passes after his ballyhooed arrival in a surprising trade from the

Denver Broncos

in March 2012. He threw for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102

yards — and stunningly had no touchdowns as a member of the


Meanwhile, starter Mark Sanchez struggled

amid constant questions about Tebow's playing time, and still Tebow

remained mostly

on the sideline. The Jets and new general manager John Idzik

drafted former West Virginia star Geno Smith in the second round

of the NFL draft Friday, giving New York six quarterbacks on its

roster — and creating uncertainty about Sanchez's future

as well.

Tebow arrived at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Monday morning and was told he had been cut.

"Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason," Ryan said. "We wish him the best moving


Tebow took to Twitter a few hours later,

citing a bible verse: "Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your

heart and

do not lean on your own understanding," Tebow wrote, "in all your

ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Tebow led the Broncos to the playoffs in

2011, but became expendable when Denver signed Peyton Manning as a free

agent. The

popular backup quarterback was acquired by the Jets for a

fourth-round draft pick and $1.5 million in salary. He was introduced

at the Jets' facility to plenty of fanfare at a lavish news

conference, with Tebow repeatedly saying he was "excited" to be

in New York.

It turned out to be one of the few high points in Tebow's stay with the Jets. Along with his shirtless jog from the practice

field in the rain during training camp, of course.

Owner Woody Johnson jokingly said last season that "you can never have enough Tebow." Well, the Jets apparently had their

fill after just one year.

From the day the Jets made the move to bring

Tebow in to compete with Sanchez, many fans and media predicted it was

only a

matter of time before the former Florida star stepped in as the

starting quarterback. There were billboards outside the Lincoln

Tunnel in New Jersey welcoming Tebow, and sandwiches named after

him at Manhattan delis.

Meanwhile, the Jets insisted having both

Tebow and Sanchez would not be a distraction. The plan was that the team

would benefit

from having both players' different skill sets: Sanchez as the

traditional quarterback, and Tebow running the wildcat-style


While everyone from Johnson to Ryan to former general manager Mike Tannenbaum to former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano

said they were all "on board" with Tebow, it became evident early that he had no clear role.

And Tebow simply didn't impress enough in practice to earn more playing time.

Ryan refused to start Tebow in place of a struggling Sanchez late in the season, choosing instead to go with third-stringer

Greg McElroy ahead of him for one game — despite Tebow's multitude of fans taking to Twitter and begging the team to give

their favorite player a chance. The since-fired Sparano never was able to figure out a way to consistently use Tebow, who

spent most of his time on the sideline during games.

He was solid in his role on special teams as

the personal punt protector, but the Jets stopped using him even there


he broke two ribs in a game at Seattle in November. Tebow's

overall role diminished greatly after the injury, even after he

healed. He tried to hide his frustration, but acknowledged late in

the season that things didn't turn out quite how he expected

in New York.

"I think it's fair to say," Tebow said, "that I'm a little disappointed."

The Jets appear to be sticking with Sanchez despite his struggles and the arrival of Smith as the future quarterback because

he is guaranteed $8.25 million this season.

Still, Idzik made it clear that the team would bring in competition for Sanchez. Tebow, however, is not going to be among

the team's options. He's free to explore other opportunities — even if there don't seem to be many at this point.

It appeared Jacksonville, the other team to

pursue Tebow last offseason, would be an obvious landing spot. But new


manager David Caldwell nixed the idea of a happy homecoming when

he declared at his introductory news conference that he couldn't

"imagine a scenario in which he'll be a Jacksonville Jaguar."

Many believe Tebow's best chance to stick in

the NFL would be to switch positions. But he insists he is a

quarterback and

just wants an opportunity — just as the Broncos gave him two

seasons ago when he took over for Kyle Orton and led Denver to

several comeback victories and into the playoffs.

Tebow was the talk of the country back then, as it seemed everyone — including actor Robert Downey Jr. at the Oscars — was

dropping to a knee to do their version of "Tebowing," mimicking the quarterback's prayerful pose.

It was something that was absent all season in his stint with the Jets.

Chicago could be a possibility since new

coach Marc Trestman worked with Tebow before the NFL draft in 2010 and

in the Senior

Bowl and liked what he saw. He'd be a backup there behind Jay

Cutler, though. Tampa Bay, San Diego and New England might also

be options.

Tebow could also head to Canada and play in the CFL, taking the route several others before him have, such as Doug Flutie,

Warren Moon and Jeff Garcia. The Montreal Alouettes own his exclusive negotiating rights, but whether Tebow would even be

open to a move north of the U.S. border is uncertain.

Brett Bouchy, the owner of the Orlando Predators of the Arena League, recently told the Orlando Sentinel that his team would

"love to have him" and added that "we have a contract waiting for him to sign."

Either way, it's quite a fall from grace for

Tebow, who was a two-time national champion with Florida, and whose No.

15 Broncos

jersey ranked second in national sales to Green Bay's Aaron

Rodgers in 2011. He remained a model citizen throughout his frustrating

year in New York and answered the constant barrage of questions

about his role and mindset all season.

Recently retired Jets special teams

coordinator Mike Westhoff labeled the way the team used Tebow an

"absolute mess." Former

Jets teammate Mike DeVito, now with Kansas City, said after the

season that he would've liked to have seen Tebow get a chance.

Whether Tebow gets another one elsewhere — and if it's as a quarterback — this season remains to be seen.