Tim Tebow's time with the New York Jets has expired, as first reported by Brian Costello of the New York Post.
The polarizing 25-year-old has been released just days after the Jets drafted quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Tebow's turbulent Jets career began with a large press conference but never truly got off the ground. Tebow attempted just eight passes while paired with New York's other embattled quarterback, Mark Sanchez.
"We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow," Jets coach Rex Ryan said in a statement released on the team's website. "Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward."
Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that Tebow learned of his release on Monday morning at the team's facilities.
Not surprisingly, this news generated plenty of attention on social media.
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tim Tebow has been waived by the Jets, 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 Monday morning: "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 trade from the Denver Broncos in March 2012. He threw for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards.
Meanwhile, starter Mark Sanchez struggled amid constant questions about Tebow's playing time. The Jets drafted quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft Friday.
Tebow had led the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011 but became expendable when Denver acquired Peyton Manning.