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What could be next for Tebow?

NEW YORK — Tim Tebow was "excited" about coming to the Jets. So much so, he used the word 44 times in his introductory news conference in March 2012.

He must be thrilled to leave.

The former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida is free to explore his options after New York released him Monday, ending a failed one-year stint.

So what's next?

Here's a pick-six of potential opportunities:

• Bucs: This is very unlikely, especially after Tampa Bay drafted North Carolina State's Mike Glennon in the third round over the weekend. For what it's worth, Tebow has spent time this offseason working out in Tampa with a former Bucs (and Jets) quarterback: Vinny Testaverde.

• Bears: They have new coach Marc Trestman, who worked with Tebow at the Senior Bowl in 2010, and former Jets QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh. But the Chicago Tribune reported the Bears are not interested.

• Chargers: New coach Mike McCoy was Denver's offensive coordinator in 2011 when Tebow's Broncos reached the playoffs and beat the Steelers. But would a team that just drafted Manti Te'o want any more added attention?

• Patriots: Sure, it's a long shot, but Tebow wouldn't be brought in to challenge Tom Brady, of course. Bill Belichick has a knack for bringing in discards — Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead, Randy Moss, Corey Dillon, Aqib Talib — and reviving their careers. Also, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow while he was the coach in Denver.

• Montreal Alouettes: The team holds exclusive CFL negotiating rights to Tebow. GM Jim Popp said his team would welcome Tebow — but as a backup, since 40-year-old Anthony Calvillo is the starter. But with the CFL's wide-open fields and pass-heavy offenses, Tebow's run-first approach could further expose his passing deficiencies.

• Lecture circuit: This will always be an option for Tebow, who attracts huge crowds at churches and events. He's not shy about his strong Christian beliefs, and his multitude of fans extend far beyond the field. Tebow is extremely active with his Tim Tebow Foundation.

Bucs ink Bull, 12 more

TAMPA — USF tight end Evan Landi was among 13 undrafted college free agents the Bucs signed Monday. The others: Arizona State cornerback Deveron Carr, UCLA receiver Jerry Johnson, Northern Illinois cornerback Rashaan Melvin, Texas receiver D.J. Monroe, Buffalo linebacker Willie Mosley, Arizona State tackle Brice Schwab, Purdue running back Akeem Shavers, Western Kentucky guard Adam Smith, Georgia cornerback Branden Smith, UMass tackle Nick Speller, Southern Mississippi tackle Jason Weaver and Rutgers receiver Tim Wright. Former Plant High and Purdue quarterback Robert Marve tweeted that he was invited to rookie minicamp, Friday through Sunday at One Buc Place.

Around the league

Jaguars shakeup: New Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell dismissed director of player personnel Terry McDonough, director of pro personnel Louis Clark and regional scout Chris Prescott.

Trade: The Bills traded Kelvin Sheppard to the Colts for Jerry Hughes in a swap of linebackers.

Equal rights stance: The league distributed a document reiterating its anti-discrimination policy on sexual orientation. It includes a section on questions teams cannot ask prospective draft picks and free agents.

Jurisprudence: A California jury found former Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson guilty of felony battery and misdemeanor assault for an incident in which he struck a man with a beer bottle. Hanson is best known for alleging in 2009 that then-Raiders coach Tom Cable broke his jaw and teeth in a fight.

Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.

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