As reported by NFL.com this afternoon, Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets for a fourth-round and a sixth-round pick. The Jets also got a seventh-round pick with Tebow. He will join Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan in trying to chase the green and white's Super Bowl dreams.
I have talked about this subject before (over a week ago? Maybe Rex reads my articles), and at first, I thought it was a fun idea. Now that it is reality, I can't help but see the down side in the Jets acquiring Tebow from the Broncos.
First of all, the Jets gave up almost nothing for him. A fourth- and sixth-round pick is practically a steal for the kind of player Tebow is. Tebow, even if he is a backup for the rest of his life, will still be a steal just because a solid backup QB is something rare. The Jets only had Mark Brunell before, and now they have Tebow.
Secondly, the Jets have done nothing to hurt themselves. Tebow brings a positive locker room presence to the Jets, and he also brings a good form of media attention with him.
Third, as I have wrote about here, Tebow could be on the field at every down. He could be the halfback or tight end, or run the Wildcat with Sanchez. Tebow is such an athletic, talented young man that he could provide an infinite amount of help to the Jets at any position.
And we can't overlook the pressure this puts on Sanchez to perform. It's about time he stepped up, and if he does not this season, the Jets faithful can always look to Tebow to perform instead of Sanchez.
What do you think? Is this a good move for the Jets, or is this a terrible decision? Post your comments, questions and thoughts below.
Just for fun, Twitter user @pastapadre has traded Tebow to the Jets in Madden 12. Here is a screen capture of Tebow in a Jets uniform.