Tim Tebow became a Jet late last night after a bizarre series of twists and turns that captivated the NFL world and threatened to scuttle Gang Green’s trade for the quarterback with unique skills and national appeal.
The Jets believe that the former Denver Broncos quarterback will add a diversifying element to an offense led by fourth-year incumbent Mark Sanchez.
Gang Green agreed in principle early yesterday afternoon to trade for Tebow and Denver’s seventh-round draft pick in 2012 in exchange for fourth- and sixth-round draft picks this April. Hours later, multiple outlets were reporting that provisions in Tebow’s contract had caused the trade to hit a snag.
The Jets reportedly learned that to consummate the deal, they would have to pay the Broncos some of the $5 million in salary Denver had previously advanced to Tebow. Late last night, the Jets agreed, removing Jacksonville from consideration; the Jaguars had been trying to work out their own deal for Tebow yesterday.
Underscoring the chemistry problems that plagued the Jets last season, some of those close to the team criticized the move, including Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and Jets icon Joe Namath.
Joe Caporoso, of Jets blog TurnOnTheJets.com, said the deal may end up undermining the Jets’ commitment to Sanchez, who signed to a lucrative three-year extension with the Jets this month.
“Now you’re gonna have [Sanchez] constantly looking over his shoulder,” he said. “If he throws an incompletion or has one bad game, the first question asked of Rex Ryan is, ‘Do you put in Tim Tebow now?’”
Tebow became expendable on Tuesday when the Broncos signed future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to a five-year deal worth $96 million.