Tebow, Jets part ways after 1 season
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 West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft, 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.
Whether Tebow gets another one elsewhere — and if it's as a quarterback — remains to be seen.
The NFL distributed a document to its teams Monday reiterating its anti-discrimination policy on sexual orientation.
A memo sent Monday by commissioner Roger Goodell to ownership, front-office personnel and coaches says: ‘'Please ensure that this document is made available to all players and staff.''
It includes a section on questions teams cannot ask prospective draft picks and free agents. After the NFL combine in February, three players said officials posed questions relating to their sexual orientation.
Examples given of prohibited queries include: “Do you like women or men? How well do you do with the ladies? Do you have a girlfriend?”
Swap of linebackers
The Bills traded Kelvin Sheppard to the Colts for Jerry Hughes in a swap of linebackers two days after the NFL Draft.
Sheppard, a 2011 second-round pick from LSU, has been inconsistent in two seasons in Buffalo. He had 138 tackles and two sacks in 31 games, including 24 starts. Hughes was the Colts' 2010 first-round draft pick from TCU. He's had 62 tackles and five sacks in 40 games, including seven starts, but had difficulty finding his niche on the Colts' defense.
The Vikings signed a pair of veteran free agents, cornerback Jacob Lacey and defensive end Lawrence Jackson. The Vikings also waived punter T.J. Conley. ... The Jets signed veteran guard Stephen Peterman... The Packers released guard Joe Gibbs. ... The Cardinals released guard Adam Snyder. ... The Jaguars parted ways with three front office personnel, including director of player personnel Terry McDonough. The others dismissed by were Louis Clark, the team's director of pro personnel, and regional scout Chris Prescott.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- NFL notebook: Raiders’ Jones-Drew retires; Woodley released
- Mother of NFL Hall of Famer and Aliquippa native Ditka dies
- Steelers notebook: Search for tight end could lead to Penn State’s James
- NFL notebook: Report: Manning set to return to Broncos, takes $4M pay cut
- Ruling favors Vikings’ Peterson, sets up reinstatement
- NFL notebook: Bills reportedly reach deal to trade for former Pitt star McCoy