Jets’ source: “We are players in the Tim Tebow race.”

21 Mar

On the same day that Peyton Manning was officially introduced as the new Broncos’ starter, Tebow reportedly had several teams interested in his services. Despite the Jets’ interest, there’s at least one player hoping that the unconventional signal caller isn’t wearing green this season.
“We don’t need Tebow,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie tweeted on Tuesday. “We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami.”
Several teams have reportedly discussed trading for the Broncos’ quarterback after he became expendable due to Manning’s arrival.
Tebow has his supporters within the Jets’ organization.
On the field, the belief is that new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano could use Tebow in certain Wildcat packages. Sparano, of course, breathed life into the Dolphins’ slumping offense a few years ago by popularizing the Wildcat.
However, his presence may provide an unneeded distraction for a team that reaffirmed their commitment to Mark Sanchez with a three-year extension a couple weeks ago.
“Our wildcat offense can b ran by (Jeremy) Kerley or Joe McKnight,” Cromartie tweeted. “We straight.”
General manager Mike Tannenbaum didn’t comment on Tebow other than to say that “Tim Tebow is a player under contract to another team.”
Tebow’s success in Denver last season spawned a phenomenon throughout the league. The Broncos, left for dead early in the season, were re-born under Tebow’s leadership. He led Denver to a division title and the playoff win in his first – and last – season as the Broncos’ starter. Despite Tebow’s sub-par passing numbers, he thrived in Denver’s read-option offense tailored around his skill set.  


Some people in the Jets’ organization also believe that Tebow’s character could be an important factor.
“He would be an answer to (our) locker room problems,” one source told the News.
Tannenbaum reiterated that he “feels good about” with the quarterbacks on the roster that also includes Greg McElroy and the recently signed Drew Stanton.
“You never know if other opportunities present themselves,” Tannenbaum said on a conference call with reporters. “We’ll always look at it. The standard line there. We feel good about Greg and Drew and Mark…. And we’ll see where we go from there.”
Tannenbaum praised Stanton as an “ascending” quarterback.
“He’s not a household name and certainly there were other guys that maybe had a more established brand name in the marketplace,” Tannenbaum said. “We’ll have to show that it’s a good decision. (We) just think that his upside’s really compelling.”


Tannenbaum maintained that the team is “really shifting our attentions to draft preparations at this point” after a relatively quiet free agency period. Safety LaRon Landry, the team’s most notable free agent signing, maintained that “the sky’s the limit” and he could be “unstoppable” if he fully recovers from a nagging Achilles tendon injury that caused him to play just 17 games the past two seasons. Tannenbaum believes that Landry, who will likely be limited during the team’s off-season workouts, will be ready for the start of the season “barring anything unforeseen.” Landry said that he’ll participate in mini-camp and organized team activities “as much as possible.”
The general manager also admitted that the Jets “haven’t closed the door” on free agent safety Jim Leonhard, who suffered a season-ending knee injury for the second consecutive season. Although Landry maintained that the jets’ defense will provide him opportunities to play both free safety and strong safety responsibilities, the Jets still need an athletic safety with solid coverage skills.
“We could be looking for some more versatile players back there,” Tannenbaum said. “Gameplan specifics will dictate where they play.”
Linebacker Bart Scott’s future with the team remains in doubt after the team began exploring trade partners earlier this month. “He’s going to be here for the offseason program,” Tannenbaum said. “(He’s) under contract.”
Scott has a guaranteed $4.2 million base salary for 2012.
Recently signed wide receiver Chaz Schillens’s role is yet to be determined, Tannenbaum said.
“He could start for us, he could catch a 100 balls or he could be a special teams player,” said Tannenbaum, who admitted that the team also met with free agent wide receiver Donnie Avery this wee
Tannenbaum said that “nothing (is) on the horizon” with free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who visited with the Chiefs this week. The News reported last week that Gang Green has expressed interest in Cotchery during the free agency period.


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