The New York Jets said Monday they have waived former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Coach Rex Ryan said in a statement put out by the team: "Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped."
The Broncos drafted Tebow in the first round, as the 25th overall pick, two years ago. Tebow became the team's starting quarterback in the middle of the 2011-2012 season after the team faltered under quarterback Kyle Orton.
Tebow led the team to the AFC West title and a victory in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The next week, though, Tebow was smothered by the New England Patriots, who easily eliminated the Broncos 45-10.
Weeks later, Elway said Tebow was the team's starting quarterback going into training camp. However, that changed two months later when the Broncos hired Manning.
In March 2012, the Broncos confirmed they had traded Tebow and a seventh-round pick to the Jets for the NY's fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick."
"I'm looking forward to my time as a Jet," Tebow said after the trade was official. "It'll be fun to be in the New York market."
However, things did not go well for Tebow in New York. Tebow barely played for the Jets last season. "An absolute mess," is the way recently retired special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff described it.
Tebow went from being considered a key part of coach Rex Ryan's offense to almost non-existent. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano didn't know how to use him effectively, and Tebow wasn't particularly productive when he got his few snaps in the wildcat-style formation. He made his biggest mark on special teams as the personal punt protector, and did all he could to hide his frustration at not playing. But the numbers said it all: a mere 102 yards rushing and 6-of-8 passing for 39 yards. And, the most damning stat of all: zero touchdowns.
Tebow didn't even get a chance when Mark Sanchez struggled so badly that he was benched for the first time in his career. Instead of going with Tebow, the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, Ryan went with third-stringer Greg McElroy.
"Every opportunity you get, you want to make the most of," Tebow said a few weeks before the season ended, "and I'd have loved to have more of an opportunity to just play quarterback."
Tebow had two years left on his contract, but that didn't stop New York from letting him go.
"I don't know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future," Tebow said in a recent interview with Fox Business Network, his only public comments since his strange Jets season ended.
"And, in that," he added, "there is a lot of peace and a lot of comfort."