Deal worked out, Te­bow head­ing to the Big Ap­ple

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

NEW YORK | Tim Te­bow is com­ing to New York. Re­ally.

Af­ter a big false start, the New York Jets on Wed­nes­day got the quar­ter­back who turned the Den­ver Bron­cos from an also-ran into a play­off team last sea­son and be­came the NFL’S most talked­about player for a fourth- and six-round draft pick.

Now Te­bow­ma­nia is open­ing on Broad­way.

Eight hours af­ter ini­tially agree­ing to a deal, the teams com­pleted the trade that was hung up ear­lier Wed­nes­day when the Jets ap­par­ently balked at re­pay­ing Den­ver more than $5 mil­lion for a salary ad­vance due Te­bow. ESPN re­ported that the two sides had agreed to split that cost.

The Jets also will get a sev­en­throunder.

Den­ver started shop­ping Te­bow af­ter sign­ing Pey­ton Man­ning, and the Jets were con­sid­ered a long shot as late as Tues­day night. But New York went hard af­ter Te­bow, en­vi­sion­ing him as a ver­sa­tile com­ple­ment to starter Mark Sanchez, who re­ceived a $40.5 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion, with $20.5 mil­lion guar­an­teed, ear­lier this month. The Jets also had pur­sued Man­ning, but fell out of that race early when there wasn’t mu­tual in­ter­est.

As part of Te­bow’s $11.25 mil­lion, five-year con­tract he signed as a rookie in 2010, he had a $6.277 mil­lion ad­vance due 29 days af­ter the start of the 2011 league year. That money was paid to him in Au­gust af­ter the NFL lock­out ended. The trade stalled over the pay­ment the Jets would owe the Bron­cos from that ad­vance.

That al­lowed Jack­sonville to get back into the hunt, and it came down to the Jaguars and Jets.

“As a for­mer player, I know the last two weeks were not easy for Tim,” Den­ver’s John El­way said in a state­ment. “He was put in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, and I com­mend him for how he han­dled it with the same first-class man­ner he dis­played through­out his ca­reer in Den­ver.”

De­spite ul­ti­mately pulling off the deal for Te­bow, it’s just an­other bizarre mo­ment for the Jets, a team that has had its share of them over the years, con­jur­ing mem­o­ries of Bill Belichick’s hir­ing as coach and his res­ig­na­tion one day later.

“Tim­san­ity” now will take over New York, just a few weeks af­ter “Lin­san­ity” swept the New York area and the rest of the NBA with the Knicks’ sen­sa­tional Jeremy Lin. But not ev­ery­one’s a fan. Hall of Fame quar­ter­back Joe Na­math, who led the Jets to their only Su­per Bowl ti­tle in 1969, was among those un­happy.

“I’m just sorry that I can’t agree with this sit­u­a­tion. I think it’s just a pub­lic­ity stunt. I can’t go with it. I think it’s wrong,” Na­math told 1050 ESPN Ra­dio on Wed­nes­day. “I don’t think they know what they’re do­ing over there.”

The Jets will cer­tainly have lots of ex­plain­ing to do: Where was the mis­un­der­stand­ing? Who didn’t read the fine print? Why did the Jets an­nounce the trade on its site and Face­book page be­fore it was com­pletely done?

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