On Tuesday, the Jets began dumping salaries to get under the salary cap. Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Eric Smith, and Jason Smith were released, saving some $32 million.
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This is just the beginning, of course. New general manager John Idzik might not be able to fire Rex Ryan, but he's got free rein to fix a depth chart that became burdened with overpriced veterans in recent years. Punt protector and backup quarterback Tim Tebow qualifies. He's set to make $2.6 million in base salary next season and, for any number of reasons, isn't a good fit in New York.
Which is why, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini, the Jets will try to shop Tebow at the 2013 NFL combine in Indianapolis this week. The organization can trade him on March 12, and if nothing comes of that (and, really, we can't imagine there will be much interest), it's reasonable to assume that Tebow will join Scott, Pace and the Smiths among the ranks of the released.
We've written previously that Tebow's best chance at NFL redemption might come in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. Except that, last month, new Jaguars general manager David Caldwell slammed the door on any such speculation.
"He is a member of the New York Jets, so I can't imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar," Caldwell said during a January press conference. "I can't imagine a scenario where Tim Tebow would be a Jacksonville Jaguar. Even if he's released."
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SOURCE: CBS Sports