As Tim Tebow’s trade to the Jets hangs in the balance over a disputed $5 million payment, a team that could get much more than $5 million in ticket revenue from Tebow’s presence is considering trading for him.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are now in the mix and attempting to work out a trade with the Broncos for Tebow, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Tebow was a national championship-winning and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Florida Gators and is an enormously popular figure there, and he more than any other player could alleviate the Jaguars’ perpetual problems with filling their stadium. Jaguars owner Shad Khan has made no secret that he’d love to see Tebow in a Jaguars uniform, although the football people in Jacksonville don’t appear to be particularly interested in his services.
Meanwhile, the Rams also appear to have some interest in Tebow and have discussed a deal with the Broncos as well.
The Broncos and Jets initially agreed to a trade that would send Tebow and a seventh-round pick to New York in exchange for a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick. But that trade hit a sticking point when the Jets realized that Tebow’s contract had a clause that required some $5 million in salary advances he has already received to be sent back to the Broncos by any team that acquires him.
The Jets apparently didn’t fully read Tebow’s contract before agreeing to the deal. And although the Jets formally announced the trade, they did not finalize it with the league office, which is required before any trade becomes official. So it appears that the Jets will be able to back out of the deal now that they realize how much Tebow would cost them.
And that could result in Tebow ending up where he wants to go, back home in Florida.