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NFL news and rumors: Jets release Tim Tebow, Colts trade Jerry Hughes to Bills and more

April 29 was a busy day in the NFL. Here's the latest news and rumors as the offseason enters its post-draft phase.

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The 2013 NFL Draft came and went, and the offseason is now in its post-draft phase. The New York Jets wasted little time making headlines, cutting ties with a popular quarterback just days after drafting Geno Smith.

Here's the latest news and rumors from around the NFL.

Jets release Tebow

Tebow Time in New York is over. The Jets released Tebow after an odd and disappointing season in 2012 -- Tebow's only with the Jets. New York surrendered a fourth-round draft choice for one season of Tebow, in a trade that will mostly be remembered for the media circus that began in Cortland, N.Y. and ended with the Jets finishing 6-10 after a disastrous and distracting season.

Rex Ryan rarely used Tebow. The former Florida Gators and Denver Broncos quarterback attempted only eight passes, completing six for 39 yards, while rushing 32 times for 102 yards. Tebow contributed on special teams as well, but was essentially a ghost -- save for the media frenzy that followed him everywhere.

Even though Ryan eventually benched Mark Sanchez, the Jets didn't turn to Tebow, instead turning to Greg McElroy. Though Tebow was injured throughout the season, that the Jets wouldn't give Tebow a chance at quarterback -- even toward the end of the season -- is telling.

If Tebow does latch on with another NFL team, it almost certainly won't be as a quarterback. Tebow will likely have to accept his role as a football player, lining up on special teams, as a tight end, and perhaps occasionally, as a quarterback as a change-of-pace play.

Colts, Bills complete trade

The overhaul of the Indianapolis Colts continues, as the Colts traded outside linebacker Jerry Hughes to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

Hughes was Indianapolis' first-round draft choice in 2010, and was selected with the No. 31 overall pick. Hughes never made a big impact with the Colts, and 2012 was his only productive season with Indianapolis. Hughes recorded 41 tackles and four sacks last season -- both career highs.

With the Colts in a 3-4 scheme, unlike the 4-3 scheme he was drafted to, Hughes was deemed expendable.

In return, Indianapolis received Kelvin Sheppard, who was selected in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Bills. Sheppard recorded 80 tackles and two sacks for Buffalo last season.

Jags to use former Michigan QB at running back

When the Jacksonville Jaguars selected former Michigan Wolverines quarterback and wide receiver Denard Robinson, it wasn't clear what position they'd deploy him at. The answer is now clear: running back.

Robinson's cameo as a wide receiver simply didn't go well late last season, and he doesn't possess the abilities to play quarterback at the NFL level. Robinson is a superb athlete, and ran a blistering 4.43 40-yard dash. Robinson displayed the ability to make defenders miss scrambling out of the pocket, and on designed running plays.

With Maurice Jones-Drew entering the final year of his contract, Robinson could see an extended look throughout training camp and throughout the 2013 season, giving the Jags' coaching staff and front office a strong look at the position going forward.

McKinnie visits Miami, will visit San Diego

Bryant McKinnie is still on the free-agent market -- but could soon find a new home. McKinnie visited the Miami Dolphins on Monday, as the Dolphins continue to look for a replacement for Jake Long. Miami lost long through free agency, and opted to trade up to select Dion Jordan in the 2013 NFL Draft, rather than Lane Johnson. The Dolphins were in trade talks with the Chiefs regarding Branden Albert, but a deal never materialized.

McKinnie spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, before signing with the Baltimore Ravens prior to the 2011 season. McKinnie was a member of Baltimore's Super Bowl team in 2012, and has noted that he'd like to remain with the Ravens -- but only as a starter at left tackle.

Miami is the most logical landing spot for McKinnie. The Dolphins have a clear need at left tackle after Long signed with the Rams, and McKinnie wants to play left tackle. Solidifying Ryan Tannehill's blind side is paramount to Miami's success in 2013 -- and McKinnie, though unspectacular, is better than what the Dolphins currently have at that position.

Titans host Winston

The Tennessee Titans have made a concentrated effort to improve their offensive line this offseason, and it appears they are still looking to improve. Tennessee hosted free-agent tackle Eric Winston on Monday, just days after drafting Alabama guard Chance Warmack with the No. 10 overall pick.

Tennessee doesn't have a glaring need at right tackle with David Stewart still on its roster. Stewart carries a $7 million cap charge this season, and has a base salary of $5 million. Stewart has a player option for the 2014 season as well, and cutting him to sign Winston isn't likely.

The Titans, like any NFL team, could stand to use more depth at the offensive line. It's unclear if Winston is willing to sign with a team as a backup, but it doesn't appear to be a starting job for him in Nashville.

Tennessee also hosted defensive end Israel Idonije. Though 32 years old, Idonije is still playing at a high level. As a member of the Chicago Bears in 2012, Idonije recorded 48 tackles, including 7.5 sacks, and forced a fumble.

Idonjie's trip to Tennessee constitutes his first free-agent visit this offseason. The former Bears defensive end has also drawn interest from the 49ers, and has a standing offer to return to Chicago.

Romo will influence Dallas offense

Tony Romo signed a rich contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys earlier this offseason, and is now being given more responsibility with the Cowboys. Romo, entrenched as Dallas' starting quarterback since 2006, will now meet with the coaching staff on Mondays and Tuesdays to help devise that week's offensive gameplan.

Dallas' curious move puts Romo under the microscope more in 2013 than at any point during his NFL career. Romo has been the center of criticism regarding Dallas' poor play and lackluster finishes in recent seasons, fairly or unfairly, and will now be responsible for devising Dallas' offensive attack on a weekly basis.

If the Cowboys fail to block for Romo and running back DeMarco Murray, then the team simply will sputter out to another mediocre season -- which will undoubtedly result in even more criticism levied on Romo.

The Cowboys have done little to improve their offensive line, but did draft center Travis Frederick with the No. 31 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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