Tim Tebow: Owner Woody Johnson Says QB Will Remain with Jets for 3 Years

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MARCH 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow addresses the media as he is introduced as a New York Jet at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on March 26, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Tebow, traded from the Denver Broncos last week, will be the team's backup quarterback according to Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, started 11 games in 2011 for Denver and finished with a 7-4 record as a starter. He led the Broncos to a playoff overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round before eventually losing to the New England Patriots in the next round.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has always been a man who doesn’t shy away from expressing his emotions to the media, and he did it once again on Wednesday by commenting on polarizing star Tim Tebow and the quarterback situation in New York.

NFL columnist Bob Glauber of New York's Newsday reports on Twitter about Johnson’s comments concerning Tebow:

Jets owner Woody Johnson on CNBC, asked if Tim Tebow will remain with Jets beyond 2012: "Absolutely. He'll be with us for three years."

— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) October 10, 2012

With Tebow under contract with the Jets through the 2014 season (via JetNation), it is clear that Johnson wants the young man on his team as long as he can keep him.

While Johnson doesn’t talk about who he thinks should start for the team, the fact that the owner  publicly says the team plans to keep Tebow in the fold for three years is an ominous sign of what could be coming for New York.


What It Means

There is a chance that Johnson didn’t mean anything by these comments. The team’s stance on Tebow could be that he remains the backup QB behind Mark Sanchez for three years.

However, that’s not the only option.

Starting Tebow over Sanchez may not be the best option on paper, but the winning ways of Tebow are undeniable. Add in the money that an enigmatic star like Tebow brings to the team, and there is no way the Jets want to let go of their backup QB.

Johnson is a businessman, first and foremost, and he now realizes just how big Tebowmania really is.

While Tebow may not be starting yet, it's possible that Johnson’s power over all things Jets is slowly putting pressure on the team to make the transition from Sanchez to Tebow.


What’s Next?

For those screaming about how starting Tebow isn’t the right move for the Jets as a football team, Sanchez has done nothing to prove he deserves the starting job right now.

In fact, his recent play has only strengthened the calls for more Tebow in the New York offensive schemes. With a terrible 48.4 completion percentage and five interceptions over the last three games, Sanchez’s poor play makes the move to Tebow look inevitable.

Once Tebow gets in the starting lineup, there is no guarantee Sanchez will relinquish his spot as a starter any time soon, especially if the Jets keep winning like the Denver Broncos did with the young QB under center.


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