Tim Tebow, ex-New York Jets quarterback, clears waivers | NFL
Tim Tebow is free to sign with any NFL team that might want him. The popular but polarizing quarterback cleared waivers Tuesday, a day after being let go by the New York Jets
NEW YORK — Tim Tebow is free to sign with any team that might want him.
The popular but polarizing quarterback cleared waivers Tuesday, a day after being let go by the Jets after an embarrassingly unsuccessful season in New York.
Tebow's future is uncertain. It was expected the 25-year-old would clear waivers since a team would have had to pick up the remainder of his contract, about $1.9 million over the next two seasons.
The Jets must still pay the Denver Broncos, from whom they acquired Tebow in March 2012, $1.53 million as a result of their trade agreement.
It is unclear if any NFL team will give Tebow an opportunity for next season. His inaccurate passing, in addition to the relentless media attention he draws, makes for a tricky mix.
The Omaha Beef, an indoor team, has offered him a chance, as have the Orlando Predators of the Arena League. The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League hold his rights, but general manager Jim Popp said Tebow could come compete for a job — as a backup.
It has been quite a fall for Tebow, who led the Broncos to the postseason in 2011, but became expendable when Denver signed Peyton Manning as a free agent. The Jets acquired him for a fourth-round draft pick and $1.5 million in salary, and he was expected to be a vital part of New York's offense. Instead, it was a miserable season for Tebow as the Jets failed to find an effective way to use him, and he didn't impress Rex Ryan and his coaching staff enough in practice to force them to give him more playing time.
Tebow was leapfrogged by third-stringer Greg McElroy when starter Mark Sanchez was benched for a game late in the season.
"We really didn't take advantage, in my opinion, of his skill set," Ryan said of Tebow on ESPN Radio. "It's nobody's fault. Ultimately, it's my fault."
Tebow attempted eight passes and completed six for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards — and had no touchdowns.
New general manager John Idzik, a former Seahawks executive, said Jets officials never asked Tebow to switch positions from quarterback. Some have suggested his best chance at remaining in the league would be to become a tight end or fullback.
"While I was here, he was slated as a quarterback," Idzik said.
Tebow's fate with the Jets perhaps was sealed when the Jets drafted former West Virginia standout Geno Smith in the second round Friday, giving them the team six quarterbacks at the time.
• Jets draftee Smith fired his representatives. Select Sports had been his agency.
"I don't want to shed too much light on it," he said on SiriusXM NFL Radio when asked about the situation.
• Jacksonville receiver Justin Blackmon's latest violation of the league's substance-abuse policy will cost him.
The league suspended Blackmon, 23, without pay for the first four games of the 2013 season for his second violation in less than a year.
One game he will miss is a Sept. 22 date against the Seahawks in Seattle. The suspension activates language in Blackmon's contract that voids future guarantees.
It is unclear what caused his second violation, but Blackmon apologized in a statement that began: "I've made a mistake and I have no excuse."