The New England Patriots released Tim Tebow on Saturday morning, the final day to trim rosters down to 53 before the start of the regular season, according to numerous reports.
New England originally signed the 26-year-old quarterback in June to a non-guaranteed two-year contract, but after a full training camp and going 11-for-30 passing for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two picks in the preseason, the Heisman winner and two-time national champion’s NFL career appears in jeopardy.
New England seemed to be a last stand for Tebow, and his chances of making the roster were slim from the get-go. The Patriots have typically carried only two quarterbacks on the roster, and Ryan Mallett appeared to have a stranglehold on the back-up spot.
Tebow can still be picked up around the league, but there are very few options as many teams have already decided on their starting and back-up quarterbacks.
The Buffalo Bills are one team in desperate need of a quarterback after Kevin Kolb suffered what could be a career-threatening concussion and with rookie first-round draft pick E.J. Manuel recovering from a minor knee procedure in the preseason.
Buffalo cut Matt Leinart on Friday, and plan to start undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel out of Washington State, but there is little wiggle room should another injury strike the Bills.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who share their home with Tebow’s alma mater Florida, could be another option with third-year passer Blaine Gabbert failing to live up to his first round status, and Chad Henne sporting 48 interceptions to 42 touchdown passes in his five-year career.
But before he was traded by the Denver Broncos last year Tebow had the option to head back to Jacksonville, and reportedly turned down the idea. He ended up with the New York Jets, a team that promised to employ new packages tailored to his rush-heavy, pass-last skill set, but ultimately ended the season with eight pass attempts for 39 yards, and 102 rushing yards with no touchdowns.
Originally drafted by Denver in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow has passed for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns to nine interceptions, completing 47.9 percent of his attempts in three seasons. Despite his limited passing abilities, he led Denver to an upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the 2011 playoffs, and became one of the most popular players in the NFL.