The New York Jets traded fourth and sixth round draft picks to the Denver Broncos for QB Tim Tebow. Tebow has only completed 47.3% of his passes in the NFL, but did take the Denver Broncos to a big playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Can Tim Tebow help the New York Jets in the 2012 season, or was the trade more for publicity for the Jets.
The New York Jets traded a fourth round draft pick, along with a sixth round pick today, Wednesday, March 21, 2012, to the Denver Broncos for Tim Tebow. The Jets will recieve back a seventh round pick from Denver. The Broncos were looking to trade Tim Tebow after they signed Peyton Manning to be their QB.
Update: the trade is complete. Denver advanced Tim Tebow over $5 million towards what they owed him for 2012, 2013, and 2014. Denver wanted the Jets to pay the Broncos back the $5 million he was advanced. The Jets and the Broncos agreed to split the $5 million that Denver already advanced Tim Tebow, with the Jets paying the rest of his salary (roughly $3 million). So the Jets will pay Tebow roughly a total of $5.5 million over the next three seasons.
Jets Acquired Tim Tebow from Denver for Fourth Round Draft Pick
In college at Florida, Tim Tebow was a force. He won two national championships in college football in 2007 and 2009 for the Florida Gators. He also threw for 9,285 yards and 88 TD's, and rushed for 2,947 yards and 57 more TD's. Tebow completed 66.4% of his passes in college and only threw 16 interceptions.
Tim Tebow was a Great College QB
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The Denver Broncos drafted Tim Tebow with the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. In two seasons, Tebow threw for 2,383 yards and 17 TD's with nine interceptions. Tim Tebow also rushed for 887 yards and 12 more TD's. Denver went 8-6 as the Broncos starting QB, including going 7-4 in 2011, and leading the Broncos to the playoffs.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Denver Broncos upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-23 in OT, when Tim Tebow connected with WR Demaryius Thomas on a 80 yard TD pass on the first play in OT.
Tim Tebow Has Only Completed 47.3% of His NFL Passes
Overall though, Tim Tebow has only completed 47.3% of his passes so far in the NFL. No NFL team can win with a QB who only completes 47.3% of his passes. In the second round of the NFL Playoffs, the New England Patriots clobbered Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos by a score of 45-10.
Unless Tim Tebow can improve his throwing accuracy in the NFL, no team is going to win a Super Bowl with him as the QB. Tim Tebow though has become a huge celebrity in the United States and around the world. If you type Tim Tebow into Google, you will get back 244 million results. Tim Tebow also generates 1.22 million web searches a month.
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Tim Tebow Will Gain New York Jets Publicity and Fans but Probably Not Wins
Tim Tebow's jerseys also sell like hotcakes, and there is no question he will bring publicity and media attention to the New York Jets. The Jets have a huge inferiority complex to the New York Giants, my favorite NFL team. The Giants just won our fourth Super Bowl in 2012. The Jets and Giants both play in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, about 40 minutes from my home.
Tebow a Good Low Risk Option for the Jets
The move by the New York Jets to acquire Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos for fourth round and sixth round draft picks has far more to do with gaining the Jets fans than it has to do with getting the team wins. In only giving up a fourth round draft pick, plus a sixth round pick, while getting back a seventh round pick for Tim Tebow, the Jets are not risking much though, and the bold move might just pay off for Gang Green.