DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos is upended by Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions as he scrambles at Sports Authority at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 45-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
With Peyton Manning joining the , it was made clear that Tim Tebow was going to be traded. It was not clear how quickly he would be traded, but John Elway wasted little time in getting a deal done, because Tebow is now headed to the New York Jets in exchange for a fourth- and sixth-round pick (the Jets get a seventh-rounder from Denver).
My first reaction to this news was, "WHAT?!" That's still my reaction, actually. This move just makes no sense whatsoever. Sure, there has been talk about the Jets wanting Tebow for their wildcat package, but even so, the move just has drama written all over it. Taking Tebow and inserting him into that locker room and putting him on the same team as Mark Sanchez has all the makings of a nightmare situation. The second Sanchez makes a mistake (approximately two plays into the first game of the season), you know fans will be calling for Tebow to start. Hell, some fans probably already are calling for Tebow to replace Sanchez, who just got a contract extension.
This also doesn't make sense because the Jets just signed to be Sanchez's backup. The Jets now have Sanchez, Stanton, Tebow and Greg McElroy on the roster at quarterback, meaning there is quite a logjam at the position, even if they don't intend for Tebow to play quarterback all of the time.
As dumb as this move seems, I'm glad it happened. Watching Rex Ryan and company flame out again in 2012 will be very entertaining with Tebow now on the team. If you thought they had a lot of drama last year, wait until this season with Tebowmania running wild on the New York tabloids. It should be quite the spectacle.
UPDATE: Adam Schefter is reporting that there is a hang-up in the Tebow trade that could potentially kill the deal.
UPDATE II: Schefter is now reporting that the Jaguars are "back in the mix." Unreal.