By Dennis Waszak
The Associated Press
NEW YORK —
Tim Tebow was waived by the Jets on Monday, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York.
Coach Rex Ryan said in a statement put out by the team in announcing the move that had been expected for months: “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped.”
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 Jets.
Meanwhile, starter Mark Sanchez struggled amid constant questions about Tebow’s playing time, and still Tebow remained mostly on the sideline. The Jets drafted quarterback 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.
Tebow led the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, but became expendable when Denver acquired Peyton Manning. 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 tenure 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.