5 Reasons Why the Jets Should Trade for Tim Tebow
With Peyton Manning practically assured the starting job in Denver, Broncos management has decided that their former savior Tim Tebow is no longer worth the trouble and are dangling him on the trade market.
While it seems more likely that Tebow finds a home in his native Florida, don't count the Jets out so easily. General manager Mike Tannenbaum has been known to make surprise deals, and Tebow may be the next guy on his wish list.
You may wonder why Tebow should play for the Jets. This slideshow will give you five good reasons why.
Denver's Asking Price Is Surprisingly Low
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According to reports, John Elway is asking for a second and fifth-round pick for Tebow's services.
While it may seem slightly over the top, considering Tebow's performance, it actually is a steal.
The Jets still have their second and fifth-round choices in the draft, and chances are, thanks to trading Dwight Lowery to the Jaguars for a conditional pick, they might be able to offer the Broncos the fifth-round choice with ease.
As for the second-round choice, while difficult to lose, the Jets are no stranger to dealing that choice for quality players. Look at pre-2007 with Justin McCareins and Antonio Cromartie. They were traded for second-rounders and did reasonably well.
Tony Sparano Is the Perfect Coordinator for Tebow to Work with
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Tony Sparano's first year in Miami was mostly remembered for his ability to re-think the offense using the Wildcat.
Suffice to say, the Wildcat, which is part of the pro-style offense, helped bring the Dolphins to the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
We all know that the only offense that worked for Tebow was the pro style, and with the hiring of Sparano, you can expect that if Tebow is traded to the Jets, they will tailor a specific offense for him to work with.
Tannenbaum's Done It Before
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Mike Tannenbaum is known for kicking the tires on practically any player that draws a lot of interest. Suffice to say, he's managed to acquire plenty of surprising players who have made significant contributions to the squads that made the 2009 and 2010 AFC championship games.
Among those acquired by Tannenbaum:
Thomas Jones, who in 2008 led the league in rushing touchdowns and played a key role on the 2009 Wild Card team.
Braylon Edwards, who emerged as a top-flight receiver in both 2009 and 2010.
Santonio Holmes, who served as a top target during the 2010 season.
Antonio Cromartie, who has since become part of one of the most dangerous cornerback duos in the NFL, along with Darrelle Revis.
If Tannenbaum were to add Tebow to his list of surprise acquisitions, he'd be doing Jets Nation a huge service.
Sanchez Needs a Push
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Let's face it. Mark Sanchez is not the quarterback that we once thought he was.
After two seasons where he managed to lead the Jets to the playoffs due to the talent around him, his performance suffered in 2011.
Needless to say, Sanchez is going into the 2012 season with plenty of question marks, and there are plenty of fans I know who are calling for his head.
Despite all this, he's signed an extension because Rex Ryan wants him to "be comfortable."
I honestly think that this is the wrong way to deal with things, and thus Tebow needs to come in and battle with Sanchez for his job.
Whoever loses will be the backup unless the other falters, and then he will be put in.
It's a lot better than having Drew Stanton, Mark Brunell, Kevin O'Connell or Greg McElroy as a backup, I'll say that much.
It'll Get the Jets Competing with the Giants for Media Attention Again
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When the Jets collapsed during the last three weeks of the regular season, the Giants took the opportunity and snatched the limelight back after a two-year absence.
They've held onto it ever since.
To say the least, if the Jets want to regain that media attention, they'll have to do something in order to catch the eye of the newspapers, TV and online media sources.
No, not another Rex Ryan Super Bowl prediction; that's gotten old and jaded.
Acquiring Tebow will be a groundbreaking move and will certainly garner the attention of the New York media at the very least.
Tebow's Christianity aside, he'll become a polarizing figure in the Big Apple, despite the fact that he has the mannerisms of a small-town country choir boy.
In short, the Jets should definitely go after Tebow. It will do them good.