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Tim Tebow's Situation Confirmed with Release from Jets and League Response

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Former Florida Gator and New York Jet Tim Tebow attends the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIIApril 29, 2013

Tim Tebow, the New York Jets' backup quarterback and media lightning rod has finally been released, as reported by Brian Costello of NYPost.com and supported by Cindy Boren of The Washington Post.

Coming the Monday morning following the 2013 NFL draft, the release happened at the time it had been generally speculated to occur. The timing of the release corroborates the widely held attitude that the Jets' front office had been using the draft as their deadline for trading Tebow and salvaging salary cap space.

It appears that with Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and the newly drafted Geno Smith on the roster, there is no place for Tebow in the upcoming quarterback competition this summer.

The next question that will naturally arise pertains to Tebow's next destination. Since the Jets did not trade Tebow prior to the draft and instead have now released him for nothing, it seems apparent that there do not exist any NFL teams that are interested in Tebow as a quarterback. Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the situation this morning.

The most important point in Schefter's report is that inquiries related only to tight end, not to the quarterback position. While the interests of countless fans may still revolve around the culturally relevant player, this morning's news and the ever-growing pile of evidence all point toward Tebow not being a quarterback anywhere in the NFL this year. Bomani Jones of TheEveningJones summed up the situation.

For at least a year now, there has been speculation about Tebow's position. With his inability to achieve NFL-level statistics as a quarterback and his apparent inability to improve his throwing mechanics, a variety of people have raised the options of fullback, tight end, running back and special teams player. As Boren put it in the aforementioned piece:

What happens now for Tebow? The Jets have tried with no luck since the season ended to find a trade partner for him, and although Tebow repeatedly has stated that he is a quarterback, he may have to switch positions if he is to stay in the league.

The toughest question to answer is whether one of the current NFL teams would welcome the Tebow "circus" to town if the only benefit is a backup tight end or something of similar value.

Will Tebow move to the Canadian Football League (CFL) or Arena Football League (AFL)? Will he retire? Will he find a spot somewhere on an existing NFL team?

These questions should all be answered in the coming weeks.

 

Adam Waksman is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report who writes primarily about the New York Jets and the NFL. Be sure to follow Adam on Twitter to receive updates right away.

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