Tim Tebow has officially been released from the New York Jets this morning after a strained year with a team that barely saw him on the field.
Tebow was snatched up by New York in a fourth-round draft pick after he helped take the Denver Broncos to a playoff win in 2011, and has been a hot topic of conversation in the sports world ever since for his absence on the field. Because the team already had vet Mark Sanchez, coaches seemed unsure of exactly what to do with Tebow. Rumors flew earlier this year that they were either going to hold onto him in hopes of a trade or simply find another position for him, but as draft week closed out it became clear that something drastic needed to happen.
“I think his career is over without playing another position,” one NFL GM reportedly said of Tebow earlier this year.
So he’s out and Sanchez, who struggled last season, is still in. Whether it was an error on the part of team leaders or simply that Tebow didn’t play up to par is a matter of opinion, but Coach Rex Ryan issued a statement saying he wishes the young player all the best.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” he 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.”