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"I'm trying to digest this thing and it's making me nauseous," one fan said on local New York sports radio station WFAN about the Jets acquisition of Tim Tebow for a fourth- and sixth-round draft pick this year, while the Jets get a seventh round pick in return. Pretty big price to pay for a backup or "complementary" quarterback. But he will sell jerseys and tickets!
"As soon as Sanchez has a bad game, the Tebow-maniacs -- and the converts -- will be screaming for a quarterback change," writes ESPN's Jets beat writer Rich Cimini in a post titled "A Logic Defying Move." "It won't be an every-so-often thing. It will become the soundtrack of the Jets' season."
So the sea has not exactly parted for a red carpet (that would be Moses, not Football Jesus) for Tim Tebow's arrival to New York. Think Sanchez and Tebow will have their own handshake? The New York media probably won't faze Tebow, though. The guy has been facing throngs of national reporters since his Florida days.
The Jets' circus officially began in the time it took to write the above. Jets cornerback and prolific father Antonio Cromartie wrote on Twitter: "Y bring Tebow in when we need to bring in more Weapons for @Mark_Sanchez let's build the team around him. We already signed to 3 year ext."
To summarize: This.
As for the other, more serious NFL news: Roger Goodell suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton for one year for his role in "Bountygate," in which players were paid (or rewarded) for injuring opposing players. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday because of the team's bounty program that targeted opposing players. General Manager Mickey Loomis got an eight-game suspension. There's more: Goodell fined the Saints $500,000 and stripped their second-round draft picks this year and next. This will end bounty programs throughout the NFL, which was Goodell's goal.
Update: The Jets-Broncos deal has hit a snag over Tebow's compensation. According ESPN's Adam Schefter: "Jets-Broncos agreed to Tim Tebow trade before Denver asked NY to pay back portion of bonuses and salary already paid to Tebow. No deal yet."
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