Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow traded to New York Jets

Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets for two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, according to the Denver Post. The Denver Broncos swapped their former starting quarterback for fourth- and sixth-round picks, the Post reported.

Tebow became available this week when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning to be their next starting quarterback. An NFL source told the Post the Jets received a seventh-round pick from the Broncos to complete the deal.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the deal via Twitter. Other media sources quickly joined in spreading the word.

Called to action last season, Tebow unexpectedly went from third-string quarterback to Broncos legend. He took them from a 1-4 start to a wild-card playoff berth, producing a first-round victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Eventual AFC champion New England Patriots dismantled Tebow's team in the playoffs' second round.

The Jets had emerged as a Tebow suitor along with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Orlando television station WKMG, citing a source close to Tebow, reported late Tuesday night that the Broncos were expected to trade the quarterback to one of those teams as early as midday Wednesday. Denver would receive a third-round pick in exchange, according to the report.

WKMG reported that new Jaguars owner Shahid Khan conducted trade negotiations with the Broncos and Tebow's representatives Tuesday night and that talks were expected to resume Wednesday.

The Florida Times-Union reported that the Jaguars had held internal discussions about acquiring Tebow but had not entered formal talks with the Broncos as of Tuesday afternoon.

The Jets' possible interest in Tebow was made known earlier in the evening. A team source told the New York Daily News that the Jets “are players in the Tim Tebow race.” The New York Post reported that the Jets see Tebow as someone who can help repair divisions among players.

Earlier reports said the Jets, Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and one unidentified team had expressed interest in trading for Tebow.

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