The Big Apple just took a big bite out of some Tebowmania today when, after some confusing negotations, the Denver Broncos released their “God loving, football running, 4th quarter miracle worker” Tim Tebow to the New York Jets earlier. The ex-Florida Gator quarterback had just recently been passed over by John Elway and Coach John Fox after picking up the most sought after quarterback in the free agency, 4 time MVP, Future Hall of Famer, and Superbowl champion, Peyton Manning.
After being in the NFL “stock market” since Monday morning, Tebow has finally found a home in Metlife stadium, though not without some friction. During the negotiations both side had hit a snag due to contract language. The Broncos had paid Tebow $5 million in advancements and whoever were to receive the player would have to pay that money back to the Broncos. After coming to an agreement, the Jets decided they would pay out the remainder of the contract ($2.53 million) over the next two years. Now that the circus has ended and Timmy is officially a member of the Gang green team let’s discuss what this will mean for New York and its rabid fan base.
First of all, Tebow comes with his own group of followers, meaning that Tebowians will follow him to the ends of the NFL earth and will bring a bigger and more interesting fan base to the already brash Jet team. Secondly, Tony Sparano’s “Wildcat” offense just got a new breath of life after losing Brad Smith to the Bills last season. Tebow was designed to play in this system and Sparano knows it. Thirdly, the Jets will do anything to get the “Ground and pound” game plan back into its full effect; acquiring Tebow may have also revitalized that as well. Lastly, Sanchez will have a reason to fear losing his starting position. The minute he begins to lose his focus, rabid fans will begin to chant, “Tebow, Tebow, TEBOW!” which would give a healthy reality check to the already uncomfortable starter.
Though a strange move for Rex Ryan and his Jets, it feels like the best bet for them as a whole. Tim will be in a system he is more comfortable at running, he will remain in the spotlight, and be given a better chance to improve on his skills which could certainly use some polish. I guess only time will tell if New York is actually ready for “Tebow Time”