Tim Tebow Traded To New York Jets (Again) After St. Louis Rams Flirtation

The St. Louis Rams are contenders in the Tim Tebow trade sweepstakes after the New York Jets hit some snags.

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Tim Tebow Trade: New York Jets Will Run Wildcat With "Backup" Tebow

When, Wednesday afternoon, it looked briefly like Tim Tebow might shirk the New York Jets for the Jacksonville Jaguars or the St. Louis Rams, I wondered just what Tebow saw in the Jets' offer. The press in New York is likely to be far worse than he'll get anywhere else, Mark Sanchez, for all his problems, still held the starting job, and—I thought—he'd be entering an offense much more conservative than the one he left. As it turns out, that wasn't the case: The Jets will be running the wildcat more than they probably expected earlier this season.

That's really the only way to employ Tebow as a backup quarterback, given the circus atmosphere he's likely to impart on a locker room, and as a football fan who likes to watch strange, different football I'm glad it's happening. Tebow is probably the most impressive Wildcat specimen in football, and if the formation has a long-term future in professional football we're likely to see it this year.

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Tim Tebow Trade Aftermath: The St. Louis Rams' Chances Left With Josh McDaniels

For a moment, Wednesday, the St. Louis Rams were caught in the middle of the biggest—for better or worse—trade rumors of the offseason—when the Tim Tebow Jets trade fell through, the Rams somehow became the prime "benefactors," turning for a while into the major foil to the Jets' heavily favored first option. Eventually, of course, the deal went through (again), and the New York Jets are now the proud owner of the most ridiculous creator of quarterback controversies on earth.

Of course this never made sense for the Rams—not once Josh McDaniels left, taking his wild offense and his crush on Tim Tebow with him—but I'm also not quite sure what the Jets, with their staid offense and apparent investment in Mark Sanchez, have to gain from setting the tabloids on fire in town. The only one of these rumors that ever made any sense was the one in which the Jacksonville Jaguars brought Tebow home to compete with Blaine Gabbert, whose rookie season was about 0.6 Clausens on the disaster scale.

But it's happened, and now we have to deal with it. Turn off ESPN, for your own sake.

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Tim Tebow Trade Rumors: Jets, Jaguars Push Past Rams In Latest Report

The increasingly diffuse Tim Tebow trade rumors look like they're nearing their climax Wednesday. After an afternoon of St. Louis Rams rumors the latest trade news centers around the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars, with Tebow, according to a report from Adam Schefter, being allowed by the Denver Broncos to choose between New York and the most Tebow-friendly place in America, where he'd compete with Mizzou's Blaine Gabbert for a starting role that's sure to get heated fast.

Both situations look better than in St. Louis, where the Rams are wholly devoted to Sam Bradford, and it's hard to see Tebow shirking his Florida fanbase for a backup job at the Edward Jones Dome—or the harsh light of the New York tabloids, for that matter.

For a while it looked like the Rams were serious contenders, but the latest rumors suggest they'll be looking elsewhere for their backup quarterback—for better or worse.

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Tim Tebow-St. Louis Rams Rumors Overstated According To New Report

The St. Louis Rams and Tim Tebow have been connected since earlier Wednesday, when the Tebow to Jets trade stalled over some unforeseen salary cap issues, but Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports via Twitter that the news about Tebow was a little overstated. Apparently the Rams' sniffing around Tebow was based in a more general interest in backup quarterbacks, which doesn't sound like the kind of thing that will bowl over the Denver Broncos.

I've talked up the Rams trading for Tebow in the past—before Tebow-mania—but that was back when Josh McDaniels, his NFL patron, was their offensive coordinator. A team with the kind of offense flexible and wild enough to use Tebow as a gadget quarterback could get a lot of their ostensible backup besides jersey sales, but the Rams, who are now under a more staid Jeff Fisher regime, don't seem like the right fit.

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