Jets trade picks to acquire Tebow

Jets trade picks to acquire Tebow
March 21, 2012, 5:40 pm
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The New York Giants can have the Lombardi Trophy. The city's sports pages now belong to the New York Jets. Indefinitely.

The Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Broncos on Wednesday in exchange for two draft picks, a fourth rounder and a sixth rounder, according to reports. The Jets also acquired a seventh round selection in the deal.

Rex Ryan's bunch couldn't crack the postseason in 2011, but with this move they've succeeded once again in doing what they do best -- making noise.

It's unclear how Tebow will be used in New York. He wants to play quarterback, but we'll have to wait and listen for the Jets to explain themselves.

One would have to imagine that Mark Sanchez -- he of the newly reconstructed five-year contract -- is squirming in a chair somewhere.

In terms of traditional quarterbacking skill sets, Sanchez has Tebow beat. But New York can be a fickle and intimidating place. Despite the fact that Sanchez is currently a better pocket passer, and likely a better reader of defenses, who can say how he will handle the pressure of playing with Tebow looming over his shoulder?

It's a risky move to be sure. If Sanchez struggles, the world will be calling for Tebow. If Sanchez crumbles, the Jets will be stuck with Tebow. The Jets, just a season removed from making the AFC Championship game, could find themselves relying on a quarterback with a legion of fans but a 46.5 completion percentage.

Will Tebowmania play in New York? Will Sanchez withstand the heat? Will the Patriots indirectly benefit from how it all plays out? No one can say for sure just yet. What we do know: Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the AFC East.