Tim Tebow was waived by the Jets on Monday, the end of an unsuccessful one-
season experiment in New York that produced more hype and headlines than production on the field. It all ended quietly, with a three-paragraph news release.
“Unfortunately,” coach Rex Ryan said in a statement, “things did not work out the way we all had hoped.”
It left Tebow’s football future in doubt. No NFL team has made a pitch to get him. The only nibble so far came from the Montreal Alouettes, who hold his rights in the Canadian Football League and said he can come compete for a job – as a backup.
The Heisman Trophy winner attempted just eight passes after his ballyhooed arrival in a surprising trade from the Denver Broncos in March 2012. He threw for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards – and had no touchdowns.
Starter Mark Sanchez struggled amid constant questions about Tebow’s playing time. The Jets and new general manager John Idzik drafted former West Virginia star Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft Friday, giving New York six quarterbacks and creating uncertainty about Sanchez’s future as well.
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION: Before veteran NBA center Jason Collins came out as gay Monday, the NFL distributed a document to teams reiterating its anti-discrimination policy on sexual orientation.
The memo sent by Commissioner Roger Goodell to ownership, front-office personnel and coaches includes a section on questions teams can’t ask prospective draft picks and free agents. After the NFL combine in February, three players said officials posed questions relating
to their sexual orientation.
Examples given of prohibited queries include: “Do you like women or men? How well do you do with the ladies?
Do you have a girlfriend?”
BUCCANEERS: Georgia cornerback Branden Smith, UCLA receiver Jerry Johnson and Arizona State cornerback Deveron Carr are among 13 undrafted college free agents agreeing to terms with Tampa Bay, the team announced Monday.