Jets Cut Quarterback Tim Tebow
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As widely expected, the New York Jets cut quarterback Tim Tebow, one year after acquiring one of the league's most popular players.
"We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow," coach Rex Ryan said. "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," added Ryan.
The Jets made the announcement without the usual fanfare that they created when they acquired Tebow from the Denver Broncos last year. The Jets welcomed Tebow with a Super Bowl-sized news conference, with more than 200 media members in attendance.
Tebow has yet to comment on his release but quoted a Bible verse - Proverbs 3:5-6 -- on his Twitter account Monday.
According to league sources, Ryan and general manager John Idzik informed Tebow early Monday morning in a face-to-face meeting at the team's facility before he was expected to work out with teammates.
Tebow was dressed in his workout clothes Monday when he was called to Idzik's office. He left the building shortly thereafter.
The Jets used their second-round pick to take Geno Smith, bringing their quarterback roster to six. With Tebow gone, the Jets now have David Garrard, Greg McElroy, Mark Sanchez, Matt Simms and Geno Smith.
Tebow finished his Jets stint with eight pass attempts, six completions, 32 rushes for 102 yards and no touchdowns.
According to some league executives, Tebow could land another job in the NFL if he switches position but he wants to remain a quarterback.
Meanwhile, Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said he's willing to take Tebow to the CFL if he failed to land a job in the NFL to serve as backup to starter Anthony Calvillo.
"If he wants to come to Canada, he would be in the same situation as the one he was in with New York," Popp said.
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