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Call It TebowmaNYa? Deal Done, Denver QB Tim Tebow To Join Jets

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Tebowmania is coming to New York City.

The New York Jets have acquired popular yet polarizing Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, after the two teams came to terms on Wednesday night.

The trade was first announced early Wednesday, but the completion of the deal was delayed after the Jets reportedly balked at repaying the Broncos $5 million that Tebow had been paid as a salary advance.

ESPN reported that the deal was sealed late Wednesday when the two teams agreed to split the cost of the advance.

Denver will also receive sixth-round draft pick, while the Jets also get a seventh-round pick.


Tebow was thrust into the spotlight last year when he took the reins of the Broncos and led them to a division title and playoff victory after the team started 1-4. The former college star became one of the most popular yet highly-debated athletes of the year when his unorthodox play led the Broncos to a series of miraculous finishes.

The comebacks, coupled with his public displays of spirituality and faith, made Tebow a household name far beyond the realm of sports fans.

He became expendable when Denver signed future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning on Tuesday, after Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts.

Several teams reportedly expressed interest in Tebow, including Tebow's hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Jets pulled of the unexpected deal.

The Jets had been in the market for a quarterback to back up Mark Sanchez, who signed a contract extension this month after the Jets' interest in Manning was not reciprocated.

The team is expected to use Tebow to give a jolt to the offense, which struggled this past season.

Fans who spoke with NY1 about the Tebow trade had mixed reactions.

"I don't know where he's going to fit in, him and Sanchez together," said one Jets fan. "If they're getting rid of Sanchez, you don't know what their plan is, but this was a really oddball move. I was not expecting this at all by them."

"I am so excited. I love Tebow and I love the Jets, so this is awesome. And it's necessary. We need him," said another Jets fan.

"If he can pull the Jets' locker room together, he's worth a fourth-round pick every day of the week, no question about it," added a third fan.

Despite his late game heroics last year, Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner, completed less than 50 percent of his passes and had one of the worst quarterback ratings in the NFL.

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