Tim Tebow to the New York Jets Makes Absolutely No Sense

John Altamura@@JohnAltamuraBRContributor IIMarch 21, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks on 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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It was announced earlier today that the New York Jets have acquired Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft.

This move makes absolutely no sense from a football perspective

You just signed quarterback Mark Sanchez to a three-year, $58.25 million contract extension, assuring him that he will remain the starting quarterback. You passed on Peyton Manning. And now you trade for Tim Tebow?

What type of message are you trying to send to Sanchez? Was this the best deal the Broncos could get for Tebow? Will Tebow be able to handle the pressure and scrutiny of the New York media?

The move, from a marketing perspective, makes a lot of sense. Tebow will probably receive a ton of endorsement offers from Madison Avenue, and it will definitely help the Jets steal some press and attention from the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants.

But what effect will this move have on Sanchez?

There have been questions raised by some in the past about Sanchez’s motivation to become a better quarterback. Rex Ryan has tried to “light a fire” under Sanchez’s rear at times by pulling him from the first team in practice.

But you have to wonder whether or not this is the best move. Perhaps it is, but it seems like a desperate move by a desperate club looking to steal the limelight away from the Giants.

What does this do for Tebow?

This is not a good career move for Tebow. He is entering a situation where he is going to be a backup quarterback behind a guy who is due a lot of money. Barring an unfortunate injury, Tebow’s chances of playing will be limited,

Could Tebow be used as a wildcat option or running back?

I’m sure there will be plenty of debate on whether or not Tebow will be used as a traditional quarterback or in a gimmick role. He has shown the ability to run the football, and his athleticism would provide some leeway for Ryan.

The move just doesn’t make sense—at least for the growth of Tebow’s career. It seems like a big step back. We’ll just have to wait and see.