In a column for ESPNNewYork.com, beat writer Rich Cimini reports the Jets are expected to release Tebow next month.
No surprise here. Jets coaches have already admitted the Tebow experiment was an abject failure, making it a lock both sides will part ways. By cutting him, New York will save $2.5 million against the cap.
However, one item does jump out, and it’s in regard to who was behind the Tebow acquisition. All signs pointed toward owner Woody Johnson as the driving force, but apparently that wasn’t the case.
Former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist, who last week interviewed for the same position with the Jets, was told by Johnson that the Tebow trade wasn’t his idea.
Instead, the high-profile quarterback/punt protector was “forced” on Johnson and team president Neil Glat, both of whom eventually “jumped on board with the idea” — with much apprehension.
“They realized it was divisive and hard on the locker room, and they wanted an exit strategy,” Sundquist said to ESPNNewYork.
Sounds like a game of pin the tail on the donkey. In this instance, it appears former GM Mike Tannenbaum would be the donkey — or scapegoat, as it were. Easy to throw a guy under the bus when he’s no longer employed by the organization.
No matter who pulled the trigger on Tebow, the past is in the past. The future is easier to predict: Tebow, like Tannenbaum, will be out of a job.
So much for that three year plan.
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