The inevitable has happened. Tim Tebow has been released by the New York Jets. Tebow Time is over in the Big Apple. Where will he end up next?
The writing has been on the wall for months, and when the Jets selected West Virginia QB Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft over the weekend, we all knew that the end was near for Tebow.
The selection of Smith gave the Jets a total of six quarterbacks on their roster. No NFL team needs six quarterbacks.
So on Monday, the Jets released Tebow after a single, very forgettable, season.
He completed six passes for 39 yards and ran the ball 32 times for 102 yards while wearing the green and white. He never scored a touchdown, never unseated Mark Sanchez as the starter, and of course, the Jets went 6-10 on the season, scored the fifth-fewest points in the league, and averaged the third-fewest yards of offense per game.
Tebow Time was a disaster in New York.
Depending on how you look at it, though, Tebow was anything but a disaster as a starter for the Denver Broncos.
After starting the final three games of 2010 (a 1-2 record), Tebow started 13 games for the Broncos in 2011, posting an 8-5 record, including a playoff victory – which is one playoff win more than Peyton Manning has in Denver.
So is Tebow done in the NFL? Or is there another team interested in picking him up?
Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars would probably love to see the former Florida Gator in teal, especially with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne as the only other two quarterbacks on the roster. Those two led the Jags to the third-lowest scoring production in the league and an offense that picked up only 0.10-yard-per-game more than the Jets.
However, back in January, Jacksonville GM David Caldwell made it very clear that Tebow does not have a future as a Jaguar. Then Jacksonville drafted former Michigan QB/RB/WR Denard Robinson over the weekend. It would seem that Caldwell is standing by his previous statement.
How about the Miami Dolphins? The Dolphins just invested heavily in Ryan Tannehill last season, but Tebow might make an interesting backup. There’s also the matter of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross asking for $289 million from the voters of Miami in the form of public funds to be used to give the team’s stadium a facelift. Do you suppose that signing Tebow would help generate enthusiasm about the Dolphins at the most opportune time?
As long as we’re talking about Florida teams, there’s the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who aren’t exactly thrilled with Josh Freeman. They also have no real depth behind him.
How about the Cleveland Browns? Their offense was abysmal with Brandon Weeden at the helm. Head coach Rob Chudzinski knows a little something about running the option with an athletic quarterback from his days with Cam Newton in Carolina.
Never rule out the Oakland Raiders. They’ll try anything once.
Same goes for the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll brought Terrell Owens into camp last year. Why not Tim Tebow?
And an intriguing possibility might be the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick using Tebow to help blow out the Jets twice a year? How very Belichick-ish.
Then there’s always the Canadian Football League or the Arena Football League. The AFL’s Orlando Predators are 0-5, just cut their quarterback, and have previously expressed an interest in Tebow.
Where do you think Tebow will end up?