NY Times reports — Tebowmania is headed to New York. In a move that diversifies their offense but threatens to undermine Mark Sanchez, the Jets on Wednesday traded for Tim Tebow, the popular but polarizing quarterback from the Denver Broncos.
Tebow was made expendable when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning this week. The Jets received Tebow and a seventh-round pick in the deal, and sent a fourth- and a sixth-round pick to Denver. Tebow will ostensibly run only a handful of plays per game, but the Jets view him as a component of their new run-oriented offense, engineered by the first-year coordinator Tony Sparano, who popularized the Wildcat formation when he was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
In helping to guide Denver to an A.F.C. West title last season, Tebow authored several last-minute comebacks, including a 95-yard drive that silenced the Jets on Nov. 17. That success, achieved despite an unconventional style and limited throwing skills, could divide a fan base with the first poor — or even average — performance by Sanchez.
The Jets recently affirmed their loyalty to Sanchez, after briefly flirting with Manning, by giving him a new five-year contract with $20.5 million guaranteed.