When it was announced on Monday that Peyton Manning would be signing with the Denver Broncos, everyone’s eyes turned to Tim Tebow. Where would the quarterback, who took his team to the playoffs while thanking God on bended knee, go now? Just days later, and after a contract debacle during negotiations, Tim Tebow is now a New York Jet, playing backup to Mark Sanchez.
Tim Tebow, along with a 2012 seventh-round draft pick, was traded to the New York Jets in exchange for a 2012 fourth and sixth round draft pick. The deal seemed to be a simple one at first, but when negotiations started and it was found that Denver still owed Tebow $5 million of the salary advance from his rookie contract. That did seem to stall things for a bit and had everyone thinking that Tebow was in an off-again, on-again situation with the Jets. Finally the two sides agreed to each pay half and Tebow was on his way to New York.
Tebow, in a conference call with reporters, seemed optimistic about the move, saying, “I just want to thank the Denver Broncos for my time there. It was very memorable and special. Now I’m looking forward to my time as a Jet. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to play for such a great organization. It’s my dream and passion to help them out and just be a part of it. I’m just happy they believed in me and stuck with me through this crazy process.”