As soon as Peyton Manning signed with the Broncos, spurning the Jets and several other teams in the process, Tim Tebow was declared available to be traded. And as soon as that happened, folks started mentioning the possibility of Tebow heading to the Jets, because that's just the way things work. Never mind the fact that the Jets have Mark Sanchez under contract for years to come and just added Drew Stanton — Tebow's available! It sounded fanciful, but all of a sudden this is really a thing. As of this morning, the Jets were "one of several teams showing interest," in an ESPN report. Mike Freeman of CBS went so far as to say that they and the Jaguars might be the two finalists to land him.
So, uh...why? Well, for one, the Jets apparently hold Tebow's famed "locker room presence" in high esteem. It sounds like sort of a "We've had locker room troubles, and we heard you're good at locker rooms!" thing. Tebow's mere presence could heal wounds and bridge gaps. He'd take Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes on road trips. They'd work together to replace a flat tire (in which Tebow had quietly poked a hole while they were stopped so Santonio could pee) and realize that, hey, maybe we're not so different after all.
Laughs aside, Tebow did seem to have a binding presence in the Denver locker room. James Walker notes that he also makes a bit of football sense. Tebow and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano could combine to form a nice little wildcat option to give Sanchez an occasional breather and mess with the defense.
All that said, this is a terrifying possibility. There would be (and already is) some concern that Tebow's rather magnetic presence might, in fact, make the locker room even more tense. Keeping him around could bring the best out of the Jets and Sanchez, or it might seriously irk them. Antonio Cromartie, for what it's worth, has already come across as pretty irked. And that's just the Jets themselves. We at home would have to hear about the whole thing! Recall the in-season media coverage of Tebow, wipe the vomit off your chin, then imagine that coverage filtered through the kaleidoscope of the New York media. As I write this, the Post's sports page leads with a "PRAYING FOR A DEAL" graphic. That's just scratching the surface of how insufferable things could get.
So, yeah, this is a genuine possibility and, if it went quietly and smoothly, could add an interesting wrinkle to New York's offense. It is, however, pretty hard to imagine it going quietly and smoothly. Then again, Tebow sort of has a knack for doing the unimaginable. From the sound of things, something could go down this afternoon, so sit tight.