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Tim Tebow clears waivers

FILE - APRIL 29, 2013: It was announced

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Tim Tebow officially is a free agent.

The former Jets backup quarterback cleared waivers following his Monday release, and now is free to sign with any team he wants.

Because no other club put in a claim for Tebow, the Jets must pay back the Broncos the $1.53 million salary advance that was given to Tebow in 2011.

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Rex: There's 'no guarantee' Sanchez starts

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, left, quarterback

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While some fans have given up on Mark Sanchez, the Jets front office says it has not. Nevertheless, Sanchez isn’t going to be handed the starting job. The fifth-year quarterback will have to earn his spot, just like everyone else, Rex Ryan said.

“There is no guarantee that Mark will be our starter, there's no question,” the Jets coach said during an afternoon appearance on ESPN. “...That job's...

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Rex: We didn't take advantage of Tebow's skill set

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A day after the jettisoning Tim Tebow, Rex Ryan took responsibility for the backup quarterback's unproductive season in New York.

“When you look at it with the advantage of hindsight, obviously it wasn’t a good situation for Tim," the Jets coach said Tuesday during a day-long media tour, that includes radio interviews and a conference call with season-ticket holders. "It wasn’t a...

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Idzik: 'I am not a liar'

John Idzik insists he did not mislead Darrelle Revis.

In the wake of the Revis trade to Tampa Bay, the star cornerback called out the Jets for keeping him in the dark in the months and weeks before he ultimately was dealt to the Bucs. But Idzik maintains that he did not lie to Revis, who ultimately got the $16 million-a-year figure he was seeking from the Bucs.

“Absolutely not,” the...

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Geno Smith drops agents

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Just days after being drafted 39th overall in last week's NFL draft, Geno Smith has parted ways with his agents at Select Sports Group.

"I don't want to shed too much light on it," Smith said on SiriusXMNFL radio Tuesday afternoon. T"he thing that I can tell you is that it's not because of the whole draft experience. It’s not because of one particular incident. There’s a number...

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Sanchez 'even-keeled' about QB shakeup

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, right, smiles

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Mark Sanchez is a trouper, John Idzik said Tuesday.

During a morning ESPN radio interview – in which Tim Tebow’s release dominated much of the conversation – Idzik complimented Sanchez’s professionalism.

“Mark has been very even-keeled and I told him I rally admire how he’s handled some very different situations and the same holds through right now,” the Jets general manager said of...

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Idzik on Tebow: With 6 QBs, 'something had to give'

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The Jets never talked to Tim Tebow about switching positions, so when the team selected Geno Smith in the second round of last week's NFL draft, someone had to be the odd-man out, general manager John Idzik said.

And on Monday, Tebow was handed his walking papers.

“We went into the draft not knowing what to anticipate as far as what positions we would come out with,” Idzik said Tuesday...

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(Updated) Jets announce UDFA signings

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The Jets officially announced the signings of 15 UDFAs on Monday, in addition to the contract extension of new running back Chris Ivory and the free-agent signing of guard Chris Peterman. 

Before the Jets even made their final pick Saturday in the NFL draft, their attention had already turned to undrafted free-agent signings.

LB Troy Davis (6-2, 249) - Central...

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With last pick, Jets take WF FB Bohanon

The Jets' 2013 draft class is finally complete.

The team selected Wake Forest fullback Tommy Bohanan in the seventh (215th overall).

The 6-0 1/2, 247-pound Bohanon said on a conference call that he played in a "pro-style multiple offense" during his first three years at Wake Forest, but this past season Wake Forest ran more of a college-type spread offense. Though he was mostly...

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Jets, Geno don’t care what critics say

GENO SMITH, Quarterback, West Virginia Season: 1,728 passing

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The criticisms of Geno Smith were well-documented. But the Jets needed to see the West Virginia quarterback for themselves. And once they did, they were sold.

New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, new quarterbacks coach David Lee and two area scouts traveled to Morgantown to get a better sense of Geno Smith, the football player and person. And the hours spent over dinner with Smith the...

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