Posted Mon Mar 26th by Monty
There have been conflicting reports about whether Tim Tebow was given a choice between the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars when the Denver Broncos were actively trading the quarterback last week. The Broncos reportedly said they gave him the choice; Tebow’s camp denied such reports.
Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King offers some logical clarification:
Tebow and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, absolutely had a choice on where the Broncos would trade Tebow, despite Tebow’s statement that only Denver controlled that. The Jags had a better fourth-round pick on the table than the Jets were offering — by seven draft slots. The Jags were offering $500,000 more than the Jets in compensation for the advances paid on his contract. But Denver was willing to deal Tebow to either team. And it was a very difficult choice for the young quarterback, because he is from Jacksonville. But the decision made sense. The Jets wanted him more, and would use him more, ostensibly. It’s simple.
So while fans may continue to bash John Elway for Tebow’s exit from Dove Valley, they did a pretty classy thing in giving Tebow a choice between franchises: a move most other clubs wouldn’t mirror, and one that cost the Broncos $500k.
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