Kraft embraces Tebow's presence in AFC East

Kraft embraces Tebow's presence in AFC East
March 26, 2012, 7:17 pm
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PALM BEACH -- For the past few years, the Jets have had a lefthanded backup quarterback, but Robert Kraft was never asked about Mark Brunell.

The new Jets backup? A topic.

"I think it's exciting, I think it's a lot of fun," Kraft said when asked about Tim Tebow's presence with the Jets. "The NFL is about rivalries and . . . (verbal journey down a sidestreet for Kraft to say he's happy Peyton Manning's back) I'm a big fan of Tim Tebow. I love that he's into spirituality. I think it makes the rivalry even a bigger rivalry and I don't know if there'll be a lot of media hype around the game but it'll be a lot of fun."

Kraft demurred when asked about his team's interest in a deal but added, "I know that both (Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels) are big fans of Tim Tebow and appreciate his unique skills. He's just a great young man and we're looking forward to the rivalry."

In addressing another arrival in the division, Kraft took a gentle swipe at the Buffalo Bills heavy spending on their defensive line primarily with the signing of Mario Williams in free agency.

"I think they have like 26 or 28 million tied up in the defensive line," Kraft pointed out. "Our O-line is gonna have to do a great job. I'm sure some of that was geared toward coming after our boy No. 12, but congratulations to them, they really improved their D-line. Mario Williams is probably the best player at his position in the league. They really improved and it's just another good rivalry."

The NFL schedule will be released next month. Kraft said the league will probably continue scheduling division games in bookend fashion.

"What you saw happen last year, (the scheduling) kept the interest," he explained. "There will be certain games that'll be opening games but we're trying to have (teams) play their first couple games within the division and their last couple games within the division and keep the rivalries and keep it as competitive as we can keep it."