NEW YORK — While some assumed the New York Jets’ owner was the one who brought Tim Tebow to the Big Apple, a former Broncos general manager said he was told otherwise — by Jets owner Woody Page himself.
Johnson told Jets general manager candidate Ted Sundquist that Tebow was “forced” on him, according to ESPN. Well, Sundquist, a general manager for the Broncos from 2002 to 2008, didn’t get the job, so now the report is surfacing.
The Jets are expected to name John Idzik as their new general manager on Thursday.
According to the report, Johnson eventually warmed up to the idea of bringing Tebow to New York, but it took convincing. And as he searched for a new general manager, Sundquist said Johnson was looking for an employee who had a good “exit strategy” for Tebow.
If the comments relayed by Sundquist are true, it would appear that Tebow was forced fed to the Jets by fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who had the final say on all personnel matters.
While trading Tebow would likely be preferable for the Jets, it would seem unlikely, according to the New York Daily News. This would be due to the fact that there are few suitors for the former Bronco quarterback, and cutting him would only result in a minimal salary cap hit of just over $1 million.
Tebow’s one-year tenure with the Jets was a tumultuous one. After leading the Broncos to a playoff win in 2011, he was passed over in favor of third-string quarterback Greg McElroy when starter Mark Sanchez was benched late in the season.
Tebow attempted eight passes in his 12 games for the Jets. He rushed for 102 yards and averaged 3.2 yards per carry for the 6-10 club.