Tim Tebow was cut after the NFL draft because the addition of Geno Smith in the second round nudged him out.

That's the way New York Jets general manager John Idzik explained his team's quarterback situation Tuesday morning.

"Obviously, we went into the draft not knowing what to anticipate as far as what positions we would come out with," Idzik said during an appearance on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning. "Drafting Geno in the second round, it became apparent we had six quarterbacks. Something had to give, and we felt it was appropriate at that time to release Tim."

The "something" that gave could have been quarterbacks Matt Simms, Greg McElroy, David Garrard or Mark Sanchez. But no, the Jets decided to let go of Tebow, who has struggled as an NFL passer and didn't make an impact in his one season as a utility player for the Jets.

Idzik said he didn't speak to Tebow about lining up anywhere other than under center.

"No, we didn't," said Idzik, who was hired in January. "While I was here, he was slated as a quarterback here."

Tebow is on waivers right now. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to claim him.

The Jets kept Tebow through the draft to see if maybe he could be traded. Idzik was asked about any discussions that might have materialized.