Let’s try this again, shall we?
Finally, after a day filled with incredible drama, Tim Tebow is a New York Jet. Both ESPN and the Broncos official Twitter have announced the trade (though Tannenbaum is still calling it an agreement in principal) which will send Tebow and a 7th round pick to New York in exchange for a 4th and 6th rounder from the Jets.
Earlier today I brought you the news that the Jets and the Broncos had agreed to a trade for Tebow in principal. Several hours later it was revealed that the trade had hit a snafu that had to do with $5.1 million in advance salaries that the Broncos owed Tebow (to be paid in the 2012, 2013, 2014 seasons). The Broncos were asking the Jets to assume the advance, and there was some debate about the circumstances under which the Jets were informed about the payment. It was reported that the Jets did not read the contract details, which we have now learned is in fact true. Several other reports have indicated that the Broncos were less than forthcoming about the advance, though it doesn’t change the fact that the Jets – and Mike Tannenbaum, of all people – failed to read the language.
To add more 11th hour drama, amid discussions between the Jets and Broncos over the advance salary, the Jacksonville Jaguars suddenly entered into the Tebow conversation and re-opened trade discussions with the Broncos over the QB. At that point, Tebow was reportedly given the option to choose between the two teams (a detail Tebow’s agent has confirmed), and Tebow chose the Jets because he felt there was more opportunity and a #2 QB job. (I’m not sure that I entirely believe this, for the record, but what do I know?)
In the end, the Jets agreed to pay half of the advance owed to Tebow, along with the draft picks, making Timmy a Jet for the second time in one day.
In a conference call this evening, GM Mike Tannenbaum addressed all Tebow related questions, including the all important, “What about Sanchez?”
Tannenbaum gave his usual line (Mark is our guy), and verified that Sanchez is in fact the starter, while Tebow will be the #2. Tannenbaum noted that, “he (Tebow) will be used in Wildcat packages, along with other packages,” as has been widely speculated.
Tannenbaum described the acquisition of Tebow as, “just an opportunity to get another playmaker,” adding, “What we’ve become is a diverse or dynamic offense that’s going to make it more difficult for opposing defenses to defend.”
Tannenbaum made sure to reiterate that Tim is now considered the back-up and that the team will have to evaluate the situation with Drew Stanton and Greg McElroy in the coming weeks. The team has NOT ruled out keeping 4 QB’s, though I would venture to guess Drew Stanton is less than pleased with the current situation and may ask for a trade.
Naturally, the Tebow acquisition has been met with mixed opinions. While Tebow certainly is a polarizing figure (Mike Tannenbaum described it as “magnetic”), let’s not forget that personal attacks on him, whether it be on social media or elsewhere, are disrespectful and inappropriate. You can dislike this decision with every fibre of your being, but there is simply no justification for that kind of behavior.
(I will now step off by soapbox).
Where was I? Oh yeah — Get ready, folks. It’s going to be a crazy ride.
The Tebow shirt pictured above is sold out, but you can purchase a Tebow jersey at the NFL.shop, or wait until the league unveils their new jersey’s next month to get a fancy new one.