- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is back in the spotlight after his team made a series of controversial quarterback moves. In the past couple of weeks, the Jets drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round and released Tim Tebow, who was recently voted the most influential athlete by Forbes.com.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News caught up with Johnson in Philadelphia, and the owner addressed both quarterbacks. Johnson liked the pick of Smith and said the quarterback competition in New York is "going to be fun."
"He was the highest-rated player (left) on our board," Johnson said of his rookie quarterback. "I'm extremely happy to have him. ... Great body of work. He was a gifted athlete from Day 1. I guess they identified him very, very early when he was a little kid as being something special."
Johnson also talked about the decision to cut Tebow. The Jets initially wanted to trade Tebow for a 2013 draft pick but could not find a suitor. As a result, New York released the popular quarterback after the draft.
"It was something that didn't work," Johnson explained. "It didn't work for us. That doesn't mean it won't work somewhere else."
Johnson also added that he doesn't regret the Tebow trade last year with the Denver Broncos. The team just has to move forward.
"There's nothing bad about trying to make yourself better," Johnson said. "The fit obviously wasn't perfect or he'd still be here. ... A lot of decisions in football are not helpful. And you have to move on from those decisions."