Tim Tebow to Jets: Denver Broncos Part Ways with and Trade Polarizing QB

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rushes against Eric Smith #33 of the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets completed a blockbuster deal today according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, trading for the services of former Denver Broncos starting quarterback Tim Tebow:

Breaking news: Ny Jets have just traded a 4th round pick for Tim Tebow

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 21, 2012

With current starting QB Mark Sanchez under increasing scrutiny after missing the playoffs in 2011, the presence of a player like Tebow will be the spark to get Sanchez to develop into the star Rex Ryan and the Jets think he can be.

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 21st at 9:30 p.m. EDT

Tebowmania is on its way to the Big Apple after all.

The Denver Broncos have officially sent Tim Tebow and a seventh-round pick the New York Jets in exchange for a fourth- and a sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft:

The Broncos have agreed to trade QB Tim Tebow to the New York Jets. More information: dbron.co/on

— Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) March 22, 2012

Tebow will likely be expected to push Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, who signed a three-year extension with $20 million in guaranteed money earlier this month.

And if you thought Gang Green was a sloppy circus before, just wait 'til Sanchez struggles and Fireman Ed incites the crowd at MetLife Stadium to cheer Tebow onto the field.


UPDATE: Wednesday, March 21, 3:20 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

It appears that the deal that would have sent Broncos QB Tim Tebow to the New York Jets may have some language issues in the contract. The deal is not completed and may be voided if the contract issues aren’t settled.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting about a possible snag in the deal:

Filed to ESPN (1): Denver and Jets have encountered hangup in language in Tim Tebow's contract that could nullify trade.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2012

(2) If the Tebow trade to Jets falls apart, St. Louis could wind up getting back into play. Sides sorting through details.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2012

One league source said he believes Tim Tebow trade with Jets will go through. But contractual issues now complicating it.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2012

Jets-Broncos agreed to Tim Tebow trade before Denver asked NY to pay back portion of bonuses and salary already paid to Tebow. No deal yet.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2012

Tebow will be traded no matter what comes from this situation, but it just may not be the jets.

It’s obvious that New York wants the star QB, so they will do whatever they can to hammer it out. As for the Rams, they have bigger fish to fry.

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Tebow’s presence also gives the team a viable backup in case Sanchez should happen to go down injured. Despite throwing for only 1,729 yards and adding just 18 touchdowns (six rushing) in 14 games last season, Tebow's effectiveness running the ball was enough to get Denver into the second round of the playoffs.

The hope is that Tebow and Sanchez will build a healthy relationship that also breeds competition. With both players feeding off each other and striving to get better, the Jets will reap the benefits.

While some may call for Tebow to step right in and start for New York, there is no way Tebow gets the starting job unless he earns it.

Ryan will develop packages to run with Tebow as the QB, but Sanchez will remain the team’s starter. How quickly we forget the almost 3,500 yards passing last season and 26 touchdowns from Sanchez.

The biggest X-factor that Tebow adds wherever he sits on the depth chart will be his inspirational attitude and willingness to be a leader. On a Jets team that was obviously split in the locker room last season, Tebow could be the force that not only keeps the team together, but also weeds out the bad apples.

Overall, it was a solid trade by the New York Jets and one that will pay major dividends down the road.

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