NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was expected, and now it’s a done deal: the Jets have released Tim Tebow.
The backup quarterback never lived up to the hype after his acquisition from Denver, completing 6 of only 8 passes for 39 yards in 2012.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped.”
New York drafted West Virginia’s Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday, adding yet another player to an already crowded quarterback competition. The team signed David Garrard in the offseason, throwing him in the mix with Mark Sanchez and now Smith for the starting job. Greg McElroy and Matt Simms are also on the roster.
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Tebow showed up for the Jets’ voluntary workouts earlier this month despite reports that he wouldn’t stick around. He was informed of his release “in-person” at the team’s facility in Florham Park, N.J., according to Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday.