Tim Tebow: Can a Trade to the New York Jets Make Mark Sanchez Better?

Thomas HolmesCorrespondent IIIMarch 21, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos talks with Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets following the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
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It's really strange to see Peyton Manning holding a Denver Broncos jersey, isn't it? 

Yet with Manning and John Elway making it official on Tuesday, it would seem that Tim Tebow is now up for sale. 

Speculation regarding potential destinations for Tebow has been running wild ever since the Broncos began making overtures to Peyton, but are the Jets really willing to make a move after just offering Mark Sanchez an extension?

The better question might be: Should Tim Tebow be coming to the Jets?

While there are a million reasons why the Jets should punt here, I'm oddly intrigued with the prospect for the moment. 

My curiosity focuses on two thoughts or theories...

Tebow Can Threaten Sanchez, but Not Crush Him

Think about it, if the Jets had brought in Peyton, Sanchez would be a mess by the time he arrived at training camp.  Sure, he'd say everything we'd want to hear in how he'd look forward to learning from Manning and whatnot, but his body language would likely be screaming, "Get me out of here!"

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Meanwhile, with free-agent Drew Stanton signed as a backup, Sanchez might feel some pressure, but he will hardly feel threatened about losing his job and genuinely push himself any more than before. 

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Cornerback Andre' Goodman #21 of the Denver Broncos celebrates as he returns an interception of a pass by quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets 26 yards for a third quarter touchdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile
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Tim Tebow, on the other hand, is someone popular, interesting and potentially talented enough to make Sanchez take notice.  If anything, it could be the proper motivation to get Sanchez to focus on the task at hand.  On the other hand it could also be the worst thing that ever happened to him...

But either way we would in all likelihood find out whether or not Mark Sanchez is the real deal.

The Culture Clash Would Be Wildly Entertaining

This is just too juicy to pass up.

The New York Post would probably run out of room to print all of the nonsense.

The stories coming out of training camp alone would be hysterical as we would watch Tebow interact with Sanchez, Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes, etc...

"Can Tebow win over his new teammates?"

"Is Tebow more of a leader than Sanchez?"

Similar to Sanchez, the scrutiny here would also help determine whether or not he is the real deal.


I suppose it all comes down to what the Jets will have to offer in return to get Tebow. 

Anything higher than a fourth-round pick would seem foolish to risk trading.  Beyond that though, one could do a lot worse especially when one figures that all of the second-tier quarterbacks will probably be gone at that point in the draft.

If the right deal can be worked out, I think it might be worthwhile to find out some real answers. 


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