Tim Tebow Trade Rumors: New York Jets Should Stay Away
According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, the Jets have had serious internal discussions about acquiring the former Florida Gator.
“We are players in the Tim Tebow race,” a source told the News on Tuesday.
The Jets need to re-think this one.
First, whether or not you're a believer in Mark Sanchez, the Jets just signed him to a five-year, $58.25 million extension.
They also signed Drew Stanton, a capable quarterback in his own right, to be the backup to Sanchez.
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So, wait, the Jets are going to trade for Tebow so he can be their third-string quarterback? If I had a nickel for every time a team went out of its wait to trade for a third-string QB, I'd have, well, zero cents.
And for good reason. Such a move just doesn't make any sense (pun intended).
Sure, there are upsides to Tebow. He's just 24 years old and he already has plenty of starting experience in the NFL. He's proven himself to be a winner and, as Mehta points out, he could solve the locker room problems the Jets have been having.
Don't discount Tebow's character as a factor in Jets' interest. Source tells me "he would be an answer to (our) locker room problems" #nfl— Manish Mehta(@TheJetsStream) March 20, 2012
Still though, is he really worth it? Don't forget Tebow completed just 47 percent of his throws last year and still has quite a bit of trouble completing passes over 10 yards. He has a long way to go before he cements himself as a pure quarterback.
And, hey, at least Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie agrees with me.
Tebow's ability to run makes him a constant weapon and he can certainly add versatility to an offense that has been lacking a certain punch, but the Jets' pieces are already in place.
They've already invested money in Sanchez and Stanton. They don't need to start giving up draft picks for someone who's effect on the team will be minimal.
Should the Jets trade for Tebow?
Tim Tebow has the work ethic, determination and athleticism to be good in this league, and I think it would be smart for some NFL teams to inquire about trading for him.
But, as for the Jets, with their current personnel and system, Timmy Terrific just doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
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