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The Denver Broncos traded Tim Tebow to the New York Jets back in March, and John Elway and John Fox have gone out of their way to praise Tebow as a person and a teammate since the trade, but the praise emanating from New York goes the extra mile. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that less than two weeks after Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sporano claimed Tebow made "eye-opening" progess, quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh doubled down and claimed Tebow "has good mechanics." Here's some of what Cavanaugh told Mehta regarding Tebow:
"I think he can be very good. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw him over an extended period of time . . . not just watching him play on film. I think he's certainly got the arm strength. He has good mechanics. They're getting better every day."
"I think with Tim, he's more focused right now in the offseason on just working on the fundamentals of trying to be rhythmic in the pocket," Cavanaugh said. "So (he) can be using the mechanics that (he) wants to be using. We started to toy a little bit with some of the other things that will happen to you . . . And he's shown great progress. I'm real pleased with him."
The hitch in Tebow's delivery has been a issue ever since he joined the NFL, and he has been putting in work with QB guru and UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone over multiple offseasons, so it's unclear where the line between lip service and reality lies when it comes to improvements in Tebow's mechanics. The Jets' staff has every reason to pump up their offseason acquisition and put faith in Tebow as a quarterback, but maybe he really has turned the corner and altered his throwing mechanics. Everyone will find out soon enough.
As early as the 2012 NFL Combine, the Denver Broncos seemed to have committed to finding a new quarterback. According to The Florida Times-Union, the Broncos had begun "quietly shopping" QB Tim Tebow during the February NFL Combine -- weeks before agreeing to terms with free agent QB Peyton Manning.
Tebow started 11 games for the 2011 Broncos team, helping lead them to a short playoffs run. Then, on March 21, the team traded Tebow to the New York Jets, where he presumably becomes their new Wildcat quarterback.
Entering the NFL via the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow has started 14 NFL games and played in 23 over the course of his two-year career. Despite his 75.1 career quarterback rating, Tebow has engineered 7 game-winning drives including 6 fourth-quarter comebacks.
After a ridiculous series of turns that resulted in quarterback Tim Tebow being traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets, ESPN New York is reporting that a "procedural issue" will delay the completion of the trade until Saturday at the earliest.
While there are no longer any concerns about whether a deal will be completed, this is just the latest turn in what's been a shockingly confusing series of events regarding Tebow, the Broncos and the Jets over the past couple days. Before the deal was apparently completed on Wednesday, reports had the deal going on and off for hours as issues regarding Tebow's contract needed to be figured out.
For now, it appears that a press conference is scheduled for Monday in order to introduce Tebow. The team has already stated that it plans to use Tim Tebow as the back-up quarterback to Mark Sanchez while giving him opportunities in the Wildcat offensive scheme.
The Denver Broncos washed their hands of Tim Tebow and officially moved on with Peyton Manning after trading Tebow to the New York Jets on Wednesday, and in an effort to put the focus back on Broncos football, Executive President of Football Operations John Elway and head coach John Fox both issued statements regarding the transaction. Here is what Elway had to say, via Gary Caldwell of DenverBroncos.com:
"Our goal was to do the best thing for Tim and the Broncos, and I believe the opportunity that presented itself with the New York Jets accomplishes that objective," Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said in a statement. "Tim made a lot of strides last year and has a very promising career ahead of him. If anyone is willing to put the work in to be great, it's Tim Tebow. I have a great deal of respect for Tim and the positive impact he makes both on the field and in the community. He has a bright future in this league, and I'm hopeful he will enjoy continued success with the Jets."
Head coach John Fox echoed that sentiment in his own statement:
"Tim Tebow brought an incredible spirit and spark to our team that helped us turn the season around," Head Coach John Fox said in a statement. "Along the way, he earned the trust of his teammates and coaches while inspiring our fans. His competitiveness, clutch performances and will to win played an instrumental role in our team earning a division title and advancing in the playoffs."
"A player and person like Tim don't come around very often," Fox said. "He is real and he walks the walk. I'm looking forward to watching him continue his career with the Jets, and I wish him the very best."
The Broncos sent a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft along with Tebow to the Jets in exchange for 2012 fourth-round and sixth-round picks from New York. Here is some discussion on how Tebow fits with the Jets:
The Denver Broncos and the New York Jets successfully resolved the money issues stemming from the pay advances given to Tim Tebow and finished their trade on Tuesday night. But what exactly did the two sides agree on to make the deal work. Andrew Brandt has the breakdown on the repayments:
Jets payments to Broncos re Tebow are 1.5M this year, 1.03M next, paid weekly thru seasons.Broncos get Cap credit after payments.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) March 22, 2012
What this means is that during the next two seasons, the Broncos will see their cap space increase each week, eventually relieving the team of $2.53 million they provided to Tebow ahead of time. This repayment process was included in Tebow's contract for a situation like this.
After all the action during the afternoon and evening, the Denver Broncos will in fact be trading quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets, as Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting. The deal completes another interesting part of Tebow's short career.
Denver and New York had agreed to a trade this morning before the Jets realized that Tebow's contract required them to pay the Broncos roughly $5 million, which they apparently weren't aware of at the time of the agreement. Now it appears that the two sides have sorted out whatever issues existed, though, but this comes after other teams jumped in to make late runs on the former Florida Gator.
It was reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars, based near Tebow's hometown, and the St. Louis Rams were also pursuing Tebow. Just recently, Schefter also reported that Tebow would ultimately be given the option of where to be traded, but it's unclear if he's actually chosen New York given that he would appear to have an easier time landing the starting gig in Jacksonville.
Don't count out the Jacksonville Jaguars as the future landing spot for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. While a trade in principle between the Broncos and the New York Jets has hit a snag over repayment of a salary advance given to Tebow, this has allowed other teams to re-enter talks with Denver, notably the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:
More craziness filed to ESPN: Jaguars are back in the mix, seeing if they now can pull off a trade with Denver for Tim Tebow.
The Jaguars would now need to be willing to pay back the portion of the money the Broncos are currently seeking from the Jets. If the Jaguars can pull this off, it remains to be seen what will happen in Jacksonville. Blaine Gabbert is the starter while newly signed Chad Henne will serve as backup. Will team become a slash player in his hometown?
With the Denver Broncos and New York Jets still trying to figure out whether they'll be able to complete Wednesday's trade that would sent quarterback Tim Tebow to New York, Mike Klis of the Denver Post has the details on Tebow's contract.
The two sides are trying to determine what will happen now that the Jets are hesitating to spend the $5.06375 million in kickback money to the Broncos in order to complete the trade. Apparently New York wasn't aware of the stipulation until after the trade was agreed upon, which will make it significantly costlier for the Jets. Klis explains:
Tebow received $6,277,500 million as advances from salaries in 2011 ($1,213,750); 2012 ($1,425,000); 2013 ($1,691,250) and 2014 ($1.92 million) ... The Broncos paid the advance, but the 2012, 2013 and 2014 salaries still go to team that gets Tebow’s services.
The Broncos are expecting to Jets to pay them back those salary advances, but the Jets are refusing to do so at the moment. Klis says that the deal may actually end up dying now.
The Tim Tebow trade is in jeopardy due to contractual language about repayment of money from the New York Jets to the Denver Broncos, but what exactly does that mean? ESPN's Adam Schefter breaks it down:
Jets-Broncos agreed to Tim Tebow trade before Denver asked NY to pay back portion of bonuses and salary already paid to Tebow. No deal yet.
This seems an awful way for the Broncos to negotiate if that's how things really went down. The Broncos agree to send Tebow to New York for fourth- and sixth-round draft picks and then after it breaks to the media Denver asks for repayment of money.
It's the team's right to collect the money as contractually obligated, but wouldn't one want to work out that part of the deal before it hits everywhere?
A hangup regarding the language in Tim Tebow's contract could potentially nullify Wednesday's trade between the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Tebow was sent to New York in a deal that was agreed upon earlier in the day, but this may apparently prevent its completion.
Schefter says that Tebow has "$5 million worth of recapture language" in his contract, meaning that the Jets would be required to pay that sum to the Broncos in order to complete the trade. He says that the Jets aren't yet sure if they're willing to pay that amount in order to bring Tebow to New York, which could eventually squash the deal.
He also notes that the two sides are sorting out the situation now, but the St. Louis Rams could potentially get into the mix if the trade with the Jets falls apart.
The Denver Broncos will be receiving a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick from the New York Jets in exchange for quarterback Tim Tebow and a seventh-round pick, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. The move completes the quarterback transition in Denver to the recently-signed Peyton Manning, who will now lead John Fox's offense.
It should actually be considered a fairly strong return for Denver, as many in the media suggested that it was more likely for the Broncos to receive a single pick in the fifth or sixth rounds. New York wasn't considered a major contender to acquire the former Florida Gator's services, but they clearly think that he can add an interesting layer to their offense.
The move also sends a signal that the Jets aren't entirely comfortable with going forward solely committed to incumbent starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez recently signed a three-year extension in New York after a disappointing season.
Less than 24 hours after Peyton Manning became the new starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, former starter Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets for a fourth-round draft pick, reports Fox Sports' Jay Glazer:
Breaking news: Ny Jets have just traded a 4th round pick for Tim Tebow— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 21, 2012
UPDATE: The trade has officially been announced:
#RL Jets have just announced they have agreed on a trade with Denver Broncos for QB Tim Tebow.— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 21, 2012
The Jets were at first a long shot to get Tebow, but by Tuesday night things changed for them. He is a guy who could turn around the negative locker room perception that engulfed the Jets at the end of the season. Also, Rex Ryan brought in Tony Sparano as his offensive coordinator, he who put the wildcat formation into play while the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Tebow will certainly be worked into the game plan in that capacity.
This also sends a message to Mark Sanchez that he has even more pressure on him to succeed. If he can't do it, Ryan can always turn to Tebow as the quarterback.
The Broncos received slightly more than what most people projected, which was usually a fifth- or sixth-round draft pick.
The Tim Tebow trade rumors mill is about to flood the 2012 NFL offseason -- if it hasn't already. This speculation began almost immediately after the Broncos were mentioned as an interested part, and Elway confirmed that a trade is a possibility (while also mentioning that he wants to find the best situation for the young player). And now teams from around the league are reported as being interested in trading for Tebow. The latest set of rumors mentions that the New York Jets are serious players in all of this while the Miami Dolphins don't want anything to do with Tebow, according to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.
According Cimini's source the team would like to bring in Tebow to correct the team's negative locker room image:
The team is concerned about the negative perception of its locker room, which was divided by player unrest last season, and "bringing in a guy like (Tebow) would help," one source said. "It makes perfect sense."
Cimini goes on to mention the positive of Tony Sparano being the offensive coordinator for the Jets since he used the wildcat formation in Miami. Tebow would fit well in that scheme. On the other end of things, Mark Sanchez is the starter and already facing immense scrutiny. Would the team want to add that much more onto Sanchez's shoulder?
This is New York we're talking about, so if Sanchez can't handle that much pressure, maybe he just isn't cut out for Gotham.
The biggest story in sports has officially transferred from the shoulders of Peyton Manning to the man he'll succeed as the Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow. By all accounts, John Elway and the Broncos aim to please Tebow, and suitors are already starting to line up. We learned earlier the New York Jets are said to have serious interest in Tebow, and now we can add another team with similar intentions: the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jags apparently aren't just discussing the idea "internally." Citing multiple NFL GMs, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora has suggested Tebow might bring back no more than a fifth-round pick as compensation. If so, several teams should be interested, and owner Shad Khan's fondness of Tebow dates back to 2010. The Jets and Jaguars appear to be Tebow's likeliest suitors at this point in time. The Broncos didn't plan to drive a hard bargain, but they could as interest begins to swell. In Jacksonville, it's believed Tebow would start out only as a third-stringer and Wildcat option.
With Peyton Manning now in the fold in Denver, much of the focus now shifts to quarterback Tim Tebow's future. A number of trade destinations have already been floated, and now it appears one more can be added to the list. According to a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the New York Jets are interested in acquiring Tebow.
"We are players in the Tim Tebow race," a source told the News on Tuesday.
Thehave have had serious internal discussions about Tebow, according to a source.
In addition to the Jets, the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers also are reportedly interested in acquiring the Broncos quarterback.
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland spoke with several media outlets Tuesday about a number of issues, including the team's quarterback situation. Ireland wouldn't comment on Tim Tebow specifically, but according to The Miami Herald, the Dolphins are not interested in a trade for the now-displaced Broncos QB. The Dolphins don't want to alter their offense:
...multiple highly placed club sources have told The Herald today there will be no pursuit of the former University of Florida star. The reasons for this is the Dolphins are unwilling to revamp their offense to suit Tebow and highlight his obvious strengths. The Dolphins intended, instead, to run a West Coast offense in 2012.
For anyone who thinks that John Elway doesn't care about Tim Tebow's career, Tuesday's press conference should have quelled any doubts about that. Elway came off as sincere and genuinely caring about Tebow's career in the NFL; however, he did admit that trading Tebow is a possibility. Here are some quotes from Elway:
Elway: He & Fox called Tim Tebow last night. "The toughest thing about this whole thing is Tim Tebow bc of what I think about Tim Tebow." via @denver_broncos
Elway: "I would love to be able to" give Tebow a chance to start QB elsewhere. "It's our goal to get him in the best situation possible." via @MaxBroncos
Clearly, Tebow understands that Elway is making a decision for the Broncos and not one to get rid of him. It's a football move, and one that almost every team in the league would do if they were in the same position. If that is a by-product of Manning's addition, so be it. That's what we have come to expect from Tebow, always the consummate professional.
Though he may be the man pushing QB Tim Tebow back to the bench or to another team, newly-anointed Denver Broncos starting QB Peyton Manning says he is a fan of the outgoing starter. During Tuesday's press conference, simulcast online via NBC Sports, Manning expressed appreciation of the former Florida Gator:
I think [Tim Tebow's fans are] fans of his for great reasons. He's a great player and a great guy. And I think they can still be fans of his. I'm a fan of his too... I'm very respectful of what he accomplished last year.
Tebow is widely expected to become trade bait as the team does not have an intention to split playing time between the two wildly popular quarterbacks. Tebow started 11 games for the Broncos in 2011 and helped lead the team to a 7-4 record and an eventual playoff appearance.
The Denver Broncos are gearing up to trade Tim Tebow, but the team will fail to receive compensation equal to where he was selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Tebow was the 25th overall pick for the Broncos that year, but no team is willing to give up that much for him. If CBS' Mike Freeman is to be believed, the Broncos will likely receive a pick in the fifth or sixth rounds:
I'm told five to six teams have called the Broncos and that the number might be higher. The compensation being discussed is a low-round draft pick, a person familiar with the situation said. This source believes Tebow will be traded for a fifth or sixth rounder.
Should that market for Tebow stay the same or increase, there's no reason the Broncos won't trade him. However, Freeman also indicates that the team could release him if no trade is possible. That seems unlikely, but it's becoming clear that the Broncos want to move on from Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow has apparently accepted his fate and is ready for a trade out of the Denver Broncos' organization. He has apparently told Brad and Monica Culpepper (the former a one-time Tampa Bay Buccaneers player) that he hopes to be traded to a team in Florida, according to WTAM (via Pro Football Talk):
"Brad and I just had dinner with Tim last week and I don’t think this comes as a shock or surprise to him that Manning was actually going to go there," she [Monica] said. "And in all honesty, Tim said, ‘I miss home. I miss the South. And hopefully I’ll land somewhere in Florida.’ I sure hope Jacksonville takes him because he’s such a great kid, such a good player and would be so thrilled to come back to the South."
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been mentioned ad nauseam because owner Shad Khan is a big fan of Tebow's, but his football people, including general manager Gene Smith, are not. Also, Chad Henne was recently signed to be Blaine Gabbert's backup.
The Miami Dolphins could use a quarterback after missing out on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. Back in October, Miami did go crazy for Tebow when the Broncos came to town for a game (that launched Tebow Time).
The Denver Broncos are expected to move quickly on a Tim Tebow trade, but there are numerous suitors who will inquire about the former starter's drawing price. While a team such as the Jacksonville Jaguars is already heavily speculated as a suitor, how about the Green Bay Packers or the San Francisco 49ers, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports:
Three teams to monitor as trade talks for Tim Tebow pick up: Jacksonville, Green Bay, San Francisco.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2012
The Packers are set at quarterback with Aaron Rodgers airing the ball out, making it hard to imagine Tebow fitting into that scheme as some sort of slash player. The 49ers, on the other hand, do make for an interesting possibility. They are likely to lose Alex Smith, but Colin Kaepernick might be ready to step in. Still, Tebow could work well with Jim Harbaugh even if Smith is brought back or Kaepernick ascends to the role. And, well, there's always the possibility that Tebow could beat out Kaepernick in a training camp battle.
The Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning have reached an agreement and have scheduled a 1:00 p.m. MT press conference on Tuesday to announce the deal. Tim Tebow's future with the team is getting shorter by the minute, and now Adam Schefter of ESPN has mentioned on-air that the Broncos have already started to take calls on Tebow and would love to get a deal done quickly as they transition into the Manning era.
As for where Tebow could end up, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com recently named the Buffalo Bills as a top destination for Tebow, and added the Jacksonville Jaguars as the No. 2 team, along with the Cleveland Browns,Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots as possible landing spots.
While Peyton Manning patiently waits for his contract, the pastime of speculating on Tim Tebow's future now turns to the murky waters of trading him. Where will he go? Will he be a quarterback or a slash type of player? Over at NFL.com, Gregg Rosenthal lists his top five teams who might want to trade for Tebow, and the team at the top is the Buffalo Bills:
The Bills do make football sense. Coach Chan Gailey is perhaps the pro game's best at getting creative with mobile quarterbacks. He's the rare coach who would know what to do with Tebow. He could upgrade the backup position behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Gailey could create packages for Tebow on the goal line and in short yardage, like the coach once did for Kordell Stewart.
But on the downside, Rosenthal is unsure whether Tebow would want to be a slash player, which doesn't mean much since Tebow doesn't have a say in where he will go.
Rosenthal adds the Jacksonville Jaguars as the No. 2 team because of owner Shad Khan's interest, but with Chad Henne backing up Blaine Gabbert, there doesn't appear to be room for Tebow. The Cleveland Browns, the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots round out the top five.
Tebow Time in Denver has likely come to an end for the Broncos with the arrival of Peyton Manning. Tebow is expected to be traded after Manning signs.
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