Tim Tebow to Jets: How Move Shakes Up AFC East

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IMarch 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 Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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It is official, Tebowmania is heading to the Big Apple. As confirmed by sources earlier today, the Broncos will ship the polarizing quarterback and a seventh-round pick to New York for a forth-round and a sixth-round pick in this April's draft.

The move has been met with a mixed reception, with some believing it opens up the playbook for the Jets while others believe it just adds to the many distractions in the Gang Green locker room. 

After the colossal trade, here is how the AFC East stacks up:

1. New England Patriots

The Patriots are still the class of the division, even with the Bills and Jets making major moves this month. New England boasts the most potent offense in the AFC, and with the addition of wideout Brandon Lloyd, it has only gotten better.

The defense can struggle at times, but it should drastically improve as the young unit gains some experience. 

Tom Brady and company will enter the season as favorites in the AFC East. Even if Tebow does improve the Jets offense significantly, the Patriots offense is still too much to handle for a New York defense with so many gaping holes. 

2. New York Jets

The move should have a major effect on how the Jets run their offense. New York is now heavily devoted to the running game, as Tebow will most likely run the wildcat. This offensive approach could work wonders, or it could be largely ineffective. 

Mark Sanchez now faces even more pressure, as fans will be calling for his head after one bad game. This could lead to a meltdown in the Big Apple. 

The defense is still littered with holes, as it lacks talent at safety, inside linebacker and outside linebacker.

The Jets have too many obvious flaws to compete with New England for the division, but they still possess enough talent to be the second-best team in the AFC East.

3. Buffalo Bills

The Bills made a giant splash in free agency last week, bringing in star pass-rusher Mario Williams. Williams will immediately be a difference maker, and he should improve a young Bills defense drastically.

On offense, Buffalo is a solid team. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller form one of the most dangerous running back tandems in the league, and Ryan Fitzpatrick performs like an elite quarterback in spurts. 

However, the Bills still lack the talent to compete with the top two teams in the division. But if they keep stockpiling through free agency and the draft, they could be a real threat in coming years. 

4. Miami Dolphins

This offseason has been a disaster for Miami. The Dolphins missed out on a variety of free agents, including Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith.

The Dolphins are a mess at the quarterback position and they traded away their most explosive offensive weapon, Brandon Marshall, earlier this month.

The defense is a solid unit, but the offense is one of the worst in the league. In a division that boasts such names as Tom Brady, Darrelle Revis and Mario Williams, the Dolphins do not stand a chance.