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Monday April 29, 2013 Jets release Tebow; Where will Gators icon end up next?

Updated: 8:43am, April 29

Tim Tebow

The Jets officially released Gators icon Tim Tebow on Monday, opening the door for Tebow to move on.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The rumors persisted for months that the Jets would eventually release former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow if they were unable to trade him.

Those rumors finally came true early Monday morning when the New York Post confirmed Jets officials informed Tebow of his release at the Jets practice facility.

Tebow's release comes three days after the Jets drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round. The Jets acquired Tebow from Denver 13 months ago for a fourth-round draft pick (the two teams also swapped later draft picks).

But Tebow's time in New York was mostly fodder for the tabloids as the Jets never seemed to have a plan for him. In his only season with the Jets, Tebow played sparingly on offense (around 70 snaps) and served as a protector on the punt team.

His statistics: Tebow completed 6-of-8 passes for 39 yards and ran the ball 32 times for 102 yards.

"We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,'' Jets coach Rex Ryan said in a prepared statement. "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."

The good news for Tebow is that he is now free to negotiate his next landing spot. He reiterated at his annual charity golf tournament earlier this month that he still wants to play quarterback.

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