Tim Tebow could still very well be a solid, maybe even great NFL quarterback.

 

But getting to the level of a Tom Brady, Drew Brees or even a Matt Schaub got a whole hell of a lot harder for Tebow yesterday as he was traded to the Jets along with a seventh round pick in exchange for fourth- and sixth-round picks in 2012.

 

New York was the worst possible spot for Tebow-mania to resume.

 

He is not guaranteed a starting job with the Jets, he is heading to a locker room that reached cataclysmic levels just a few months ago, he now has a loud mouth, not-so-holy head coach in charge of his future and his religious beliefs will create endless and unprecedented media storms for as long as he plays in East Rutherford, N.J.

 

In other words, there is a 90 percent chance that this ends badly for both Tebow and the Jets.

The Patriots, who were mentioned as a possible destination for Tebow, had to have had a good laugh yesterday. With all his flaws as an NFL quarterback, Tebow could have learned under a great quarterback like Brady or Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.

The other safe route could have had him going to Jacksonville or Miami, places where he would undoubtedly get the starting nod and places where he would have been regarded as a savior even if he endured rough patches during his progression.

Instead, Tebow and current Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (who signed a three-year contract extension with the Jets just two weeks ago) will be involved in a quarterback controversy (never a good thing for a team with Super Bowl aspirations) that has a chance to span the entire 2012 season or longer.

Again, there is a 10 percent chance that this works out. Maybe Tebow will prove his worth as a starting NFL QB. Maybe he'll lead the Jets on a magical run. Maybe he'll ease up on the religious stuff in order to avoid any type of controversy that will arise. Maybe he'll play so well that the Jets trade Sanchez.

It's a gamble that no other team in the NFL would take ... except the Jets.

Trade timeline


Glazer reports (12:45 p.m) FOX Sports' Jay Glazer breaks the news of the trade on Twitter

Jets confirm (12:50 p.m) The team's official Twitter account confirms the trade

Snag surfaces (3:13 p.m.) ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Jets didn't fully read contract as money issue came to light

Back on (9:10 p.m) The Jets reluctantly agreed to pay the Broncos $2.5 million fee.