Jets Send Tim Tebow Packing

Controversial backup redundant after team picks Geno Smith in draft

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 29, 2013 7:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tim Tebow's legion of haters are probably, well, Tebowing right now. The Jets have released their popular-yet-controversial backup today, the New York Post reports, ending a tenure that produced a lot more headlines than touchdowns (Tebow actually didn't score any as a Jet).

The move had been long expected ever since Rex Ryan passed over Tebow for Greg McElroy when he sat Mark Sanchez last year, but as recently as Friday the AP was writing that "in a surprise twist," Tebow might stick around. Tebow will now be a free agent, though the market for his services won't be large. Hey, if all else fails, there's always politics.

In this Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 photo, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, NY. The Jets waived Tebow.
In this Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 photo, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, NY. The Jets waived Tebow.   (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow arrives on the first day of NFL football offseason workouts at the Jets practice facility in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, April 15, 2013.
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow arrives on the first day of NFL football offseason workouts at the Jets practice facility in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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