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: