Today, the New York Jets have agreed in principle to acquire Denver Broncos’ quarterback, Tim Tebow. New York had agreed to send Denver their fourth and sixth pick in 2012 in exchange for Tim Tebow and a seventh rounder from the Broncos.
The negotiation seemed final in the afternoon, however both teams hit a snag when it came down to paying Tebow’s prepaid bonuses and salary worth approximately $5 million dollars. In the end, the Jets and the Broncos were able to hash out a deal with New York agreeing to pay half of the $5 million. With this agreement, Tim Tebow has officially joined the New York Jets for the upcoming season.
Just when we thought we were getting all we could handle with the Peyton Manning saga, here comes the rock star Tim Tebow out of nowhere. The Broncos had every intention to trade Tebow due to the Manning acquisition and it was just a matter of time when Denver found their suitor.
Out of the teams that were interested in Tebow [Jaguars, Packers, Jets, Dolphins, and 49ers], the Jaguars seemed to be the best fit. Simply for the reason that Jacksonville is Tim Tebow’s hometown and having been played with the Florida Gators, it made the most sense.
While all of us would like to think we know everything about sports negotiations and how it works on a daily basis, nothing prepared any of us for this type of news. It wasn’t surprising that Tim Tebow was being shipped out of Denver; it was more shocking to know that Tebow was going to land in New York.
The New York Jets had many “off the field” issues last year, which is the main reason for the team’s collapse at the end of the season. The Jets acquired Tim Tebow in hopes to change the culture of the Jets locker room. By bringing in “high character” guys to the team, the Jets believe their organization can get back to focusing on the more important things, such as winning the Super Bowl.
Here is where this move by the Jets gets complicated and to some degree, a bit confusing. The Jets organization was unsuccessful in luring in Peyton Manning, therefore in trying to regain their current quarterback’s [Mark Sanchez] respect, the team agreed to extend Sanchez’ contract and pay an additional $20 million in guaranteed money.
The team then moved forward and signed veteran backup quarterback, Drew Stanton from free agency. It seemed like the Jets had all their chips on Sanchez and in case of minor injuries, Stanton could come in and stabilize the team for a few games in Sanchez’ absence.
Everything seemed to be going smooth until today, when the Jets confused everybody in the nation by trading for another quarterback. Wait, another one?
By bringing in Tim Tebow, the Jets don’t only get a quarterback; the team also receives the entire media buzz that consistently follows this young signal caller. It almost feels that the Jets are more concerned with being in the back of newspapers than winning. Haven’t the Jets realized? Every time they’re team is being talked about, it’s for a negative purpose.
Without knowing, the Jets have just stirred up a huge quarterback controversy and even worse, traded to get one. Yes, the New York Jets landed one of most polarizing sports figures of this time, but the team better make sure that this move reaps the benefits.
The “Tim Tebow Project” can either go down as one of the greatest acquisitions of all time or has the potential to get everyone involved with this trade negotiation fired.
Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan… you’re on the clock.
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