Tim Tebow Traded to Jets: What Was New York Thinking?

Vaughn JohnsonCorrespondent IIMarch 21, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have sent shock waves throughout the NFL and Twitter with the breaking news that they have traded away a couple of draft picks for the services of quarterback Tim Tebow.

But was it the right move?

Let me begin this by saying that I am not a Tebow hater. Tebow can help some teams win games around the league if they are willing to cater their offense to his skill set.

In the specific case of the New York Jets, the decision has more cons than pros.

The Jets recently gave current starting quarterback Mark Sanchez a three-year extension on his contract. In essence, general manager Mike Tannenbaum was giving the franchise quarterback a vote of confidence that the organization was firmly behind him.

Now, with the trade for Tebow, the Jets essentially go against all of that.

Are the Jets trying to cover their bases? If so, more power to them. There's nothing wrong with being prepared in case bad situations arise. That bad situation in this case is Sanchez not improving.

But bringing in Tebow will not make Sanchez more comfortable in his position as starting quarterback and leader of the locker room.

Sanchez is not established enough that if he has a few slip-ups at the beginning of the season, that the start Tebow rumblings will not begin.

If those rumblings were created and went to a fever pitch in a city like Denver, imagine what would happen in the media capital of the world—New York. Imagine the back page of the New York Post the day after Sanchez throws a couple of interceptions and the Jets lose.

Imagine the angst of championship-starved fanbase like the New York Jets if Sanchez does not continue to progress as the guy in the Big Apple.

That's not something Sanchez, nor the rest of the Jets locker room, needs going into what could be a make-or-break season for the team and franchise.

Even if Tebow is there to purely be a Wildcat option, in which he could be very productive, it still will not get rid of the people that will call for him in the event Sanchez struggles.

It's no fault of Tebow; his personality just seems to get people to rally around him. The rally will only grow on Broadway. The day-to-day drama that already surrounds the Jets will only become more dramatic.

My first inclination is that this move by the Jets will grab a ton of headlines now and throughout the 2012 season, but at the end of the day, it will do more harm that good.