Tim Tebow: Analyzing Broncos Trade of Fallen QB to New York Jets

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIMarch 21, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rushes against Mike DeVito #70 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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New York, meet Tebowmania. If you think you heard a lot about Tebow over the last year when he was with Denver, you have not seen anything yet. But going beyond the hype that is sure to hit, you will see a trade that will make both teams better. 

Okay, in case you aren't up to date on things, Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported that Tebow has been dealt to the Jets. 

Denver traded quarterback Tim Tebow to the NY Jets.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2012

Later, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported the details of the trade. 

Again hang, story coming on fox sports dot com Tim Tebow now a NY Jet!!! 4th round pick was sent to Denver

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 21, 2012

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 21st at 7:10 p.m. EDT

Negotiations between the Broncos and the Jets hit a bit of a snag before both sides finally signed off on a deal

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

Gang Green will also receive a seventh-round pick as part of the swap and send a fourth- and a sixth-round pick back to the Mile High City.


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So, now that the speculation is done and the trade is right in front of everyone, let's take a look at this from both sides. 

For the Broncos

The fact of the matter is that as soon as they signed Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow became completely irrelevant to the Broncos. There was no point in keeping him around as a backup, as his skills are just so different from Manning's. 

So, the Broncos had to shop him to see what was there. You can check for yourself to see all of the rumors that swirled around Tebow in such a short time. The fact that they got a fourth-rounder for him tells me that it's the best they could have gotten. 

Broncos Grade: B-

Any trade involving a draft pick needs to have something of an "incomplete" grade, as we don't know who that player is going to be. If the Broncos find some star player, this will be bumped up to an A. If the player they get fizzles, the grade will go down. 

But for now, this is not a bad move to make. Tebow had to leave Denver with Manning under center, and the Broncos got some good value for him. At the very least, they gave themselves a chance to add some depth and make the team better than Tebow would have made them. Obviously, a fourth rounder isn't that sexy, but this move still makes good sense for the Jets. 

For the Jets

There are two different ways to look at this trade, but both come off well for the Jets.

One is that Mark Sanchez needs a bit of a kick. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he got a little too comfortable last year, having been the QB on consecutive AFC Championship Game teams, and it showed in his play. 

If this trade does nothing else, it will show how Sanchez responds with a real backup quarterback on the roster pushing him. Prior to this, there were veterans like Mark Brunell, who were clearly not  long-term options. A case could at least be made that Tebow is. 

But for a second, let's say that Tebow is not a long-term option at quarterback, or a short-term option for that matter. This is still a good acquisition for the Jets. 

Tebow is a short-yardage stud. He runs right at running backs and frequently bowls them right over.

You beat teams like the Patriots by extending drives, keeping Tom Brady off of the field and scoring touchdowns when you get the chance. That is where Tebow is a gem. He can run it right at the line and get the tough yards. Time will tell if he develops as a passer or not, but he doesn't need to to be valuable to the Jets. 

Jets' Grade: B+

I don't really see a flaw in this trade. Even if Tebow busts, we're talking about a fourth-rounder, which is really hit and miss. Obviously, if that player turns in to a perennial All-Pro, the grade will come down a little bit, especially if Tebow fizzles. 

But both of those need to happen for this to be a really bad trade. Right now, I like it a lot for the Jets, as they got a completely unique player to add to an offense that on its best day is average.