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Tim Tebow Headed to AFC East, New York Jets for Fourth and Sixth Rounders

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos reacts against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Aaron DodgeAnalyst IMarch 21, 2012

Update (01:07PM): Not even an hour after I finished this piece the Denver Broncos and New York Jets agreed on a deal to swap Tim Tebow and a fourth round pick. is now reporting that New York acquired Tebow along with a 2012 seventh-round pick from Denver who nabbed the Jets fourth- and sixth-round picks in 2012.


Breaking news: Ny Jets have just traded a 4th round pick for Tim Tebow

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 21, 2012


I was a participant in this mess of Tim Tebow chatter, as I outlined the four reasons the polarizing playmaker belongs in New England, but I also predicted Bill Belichick wouldn't pull the trigger. 

Let me preface this with the admission that I don't personally think Belichick and Co. are interested in bringing Tim Tebow to New England. If I had to stake some Featured Columnist credibility here, I'd gladly bet that he doesn't end up in a Patriots uniform any time soon. 

As Tebowmania continues to roll through the New England media circuits, let me try and offer another much-needed dosage of reality and fact. 

Sure, the fit on paper is tantalizing, with the stars seeming to align for a Josh McDaniels-Tebow reunion, but that just won't be the case. ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reports New England was not among the four teams that were known to have contacted Denver.

However, Schefter goes on to explain the AFC East may not be free of Tebow just yet. The New York Jets have been pegged as one of the front-runners, along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, for the 24-year-old's services. 

With Tebow expected to receive some say in where he's traded, the Jets are looking all the more likely. New York already has a playbook for Tebow, who would step in to fill Brad Smith's role. 

Regardless of where he does end up, the Patriots won't be involved in a trade and it's time speculation on the topic come to a rest. 

Interested in reading more by this B/R featured columnist? Check out more of Aaron Dodge's work. 

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