Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum Speaks Out On The Trade For Tim Tebow

GM Says Trade Not Made To Bring Attention To Team

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – General manager Mike Tannenbaum joined WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Thursday morning to clear up many of the questions surrounding the Jets acquisition of quarterback Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos.

Tannenbaum said quarterback Mark Sanchez is, and will remain, the Jets starting quarterback and Tebow will be a situational player. “Mark is the starter, Tim is the backup,” Tannenbaum said.

Listen to the full interview with Mike Tannenbaum.

Regarding Tebow’s the addition of a fourth quarterback to the Jets roster, Tannenbaum said, “depth at quarterback is not a bad thing.”

The trade came under scrutiny immediately after it became public. WFAN’s Mike Francesa criticized the Jets for making the move for non-football reasons – selling jerseys and selling seats. The Jets share a stadium and compete for fans with the Super Bowl-winning Giants.

Tannenbaum refuted that the trade was made to attract attention to the franchise. “My singular charge here is to win games,” he said. “That’s what I’m evaluated on.”

New York recently signed Sanchez to a three-year contract extension after falling out of the hunt for Peyton Manning, a vote of confidence for a quarterback whose pride took a serious shot at the end of last season as the Jets finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Some players questioned his leadership abilities, but Sanchez recently vowed to be the guy the franchise can lean on.

The trade was completed hours after the sides initially agreed to a deal, which was hung up when the Jets balked at repaying Denver more than $5 million for a salary advance due Tebow. The two sides agreed to split that cost, and Tannenbaum said the team was “comfortable with the compensation.”

Carton questioned why the Jets tweeted that the deal was complete before it was finalized.

“Typically, you announce you have an agreement in principle, then work out the details,” he said. “We wouldn’t have sent out that tweet if we weren’t comfortable where we were in the process.”

He said there was a disagreement about how to handle the salary advance after Denver received the papers.

“We knew what the contract was,” he said. “We had read it. — We felt it was one way; they felt it was another. Based on that, they were well within their rights to assess their different possibilities of what to do and their alternatives.”

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie openly questioned the move, tweeting, “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.”

Tannenbaum responded that “our guys are certainly entitled to their opinions,” but stressed that the move was ultimately beneficial for the franchise.

“This is a great way for us to change the pace.”

Tannenbaum repeatedly referred to Sanchez as “our guy” and the team’s unquestioned starting quarterback.”Mark’s our guy, he’s going to continue to be our guy.”

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What did you think of the interview? Leave a comment below.

  • Docsolid

    All the sanchez haters seem to forget the fact that Sanchez has been clutch in the 4th quarter in terms of QB rating and game winning drives. Montana would have been hard pressed to put up any decent numbers with the protection the O line gave last year. Give Sanchez more than 2 seconds in the pocket and he will make the plays to win.
    F*$k Tebow, let him run the “option” or line him up as a slot or Tight end, the kid can run and make plays but I’ll take Sanchez over Teabag as QB any day.

  • Docsolid

    All the sanchez haters seem to forget the fact that Sanchez has been clutch in the 4th quarter in terms of QB rating and game winning drives. Montana would have been hard pressed to put up any decent numbers with the protection the O line gave last year. Give Sanchez more than 2 seconds in the pocket and he will make the plays to win.
    F*ck Tebow, let him run the “option” or line him up as a slot or Tight end, the kid can run and make plays but I’ll take Sanchez over Teabag as QB any day.

  • Leslie

    Seriously, could the Jets be looking to trade Sanchez at the draft? Not that would be good or even remotley good, but there has to be some reason they got Tebow, outside of just the publicity. Ryan, Tanenbaum, and Johnson can’t all be this clueless. The team needs help up front on both sides, and someone to run the ball, someone to catch the ball, the last thing this team needed was another backup QB.

  • Christie: the Governor that ate NJ

    This is what the majority of the Jets fans think of Tebow & Sanchez


  • T-Blo's bibel

    I listened to both of Tannenbaum’s interviews on WFAN today. Dude was very stuffy and talking so fast that he was stammering and stumbling over words. And you know what???? The reason I think he’s on drugs is the moves he’s been making. From letting Faneca go to acquiring Tebow, to thinking Shonne Green is a #1 back. By the end of the season the team will be a mess, and the only reason Mr T and Rex (who I like but he shouldn’t have anything to do w/ personnel decisions) will still have jobs is because Woody will be too busy painting and fly fishing to care.

    I can’t wait to see how they botch a top 5 pick in the 2013 draft.

  • kentkd34

    I think he would have been happier as a backup to Manning. As a Denver fan, I wish Denver had thought of that.

  • The Beefman

    Trade Cromartie – he’s nothing but trouble on a troubled team. Bringing in Tebow as a multi-faceted player is one of the better decisions the hapless Jets have made in a while. After Cromartie – jettison the fat-ass Rex Ryan. That alone should free up an awful lot of…

  • Mark

    Tebow will be the starter by game 4. Sanchez is a whiny little baby.

    • The Beefman

      Cromartie just doesn’t get it – Tebow IS a multi-faceted weapon. But what should anyone expect from a trouble making Obominable so & so…..

      • GeneralTakeoverOfMedia

        Interesting. More nonsense from the state run media. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever.

        • The Beefman

          Do the nurses know you’re out of your room?

  • juan maize

    The Jets are in need of a replacement for Brad Smith whose value to the team was sadly underestimated by Jets mgmt. Hopefully, Tebow will fill some of the void left by Smith and the gameplan will allow for Sanchez and company to return to excellence this coming season. If the Jest brought in Joe Mama from any other team to fulfill this need this would not be a point for conversation, thus, give Tebow a chance and let’s all see what the eventual outcome will be. None the less, Tim will be a weapon for the Jet’s

  • freecheese

    Tebow is a practicing Christian. New Yawk fans will never embrace that, but rather scoff at it.
    New Yawker’s are full of themselve’s and will consider him a “Hick.”

    • Bill Duke

      If Timmy was a devout Muslim you;d be hating on him.

      • The Beefman

        If Freecheese were a left-wing liberal nutsack (sorry for the redundancies) – you’d be loving him (literally, probably).

    • Scott Martin

      Never underestimate the power of redemption…New Yorkers need it like anyone else, they just may not know it yet.

    • New Yawker

      you are an ignorant moron. that is a stereo type, new yorkers are known for NOT being prejudice against people. and since when do new yorkers not like christians? i was an alter boy until i was 16. hick.

  • John

    Did anyone ever watch this guy play? Story: In high school, I knew a guy who *HAD* to be the cool guy. He would play the guitar. To play it, he would tune it for each song…not correctly but so the strings matched the notes of the song. He made the guitar adapt to each song rather than LEARNING how to play the thing! The Denver offense had to adjust to what few skills Tebow has. Tebow CAN’T learn a new system because he does not possess the requisite skills to do so. The wildcat is too slow to develop and NFL caliber defenses will catch it (especially when you have someone running it who can’t throw the ball downfield). This is a disaster.

    • Gizmo

      If they decide to do it, he could probably become their best running back!
      Just watch the tapes of him in the NFL or college. Very shifty and a lot
      tougher than all these monday morning quarterbacks give him credit for.

    • bjm

      I’ve played guitar almost all of my life and have been musically trained. FYI, that story makes no sense.

    • esfritzi

      Tebow has more brains in his pinky then you ever had. The next time the Jets are desperate for a 1st down, let Sanchez try to fake a pass and run. Tebow can do both as one of the best. Can’t throw the ball downfield? Did you catch the Pittsburgh game? Give him some protection, he’ll read the defenses as good as anyone and we’ll see who steps up. No one is tougher than Tebow

      • Bill Duke

        You’ve got less brains than him. Tebow went 1-4 to finish the year. Same record got Orton benched and traded. He has the worst pass completion % rate in the NFL.

        • Scott Martin

          You are counting playoff teams…your bi(ass) is showing.

  • Justsayin

    In case folks forgot, the Tebow Broncos actually MADE the playoffs. A couple of typical dirty Sanchez games and you’ll hear Tebow chants from the crowd, guaranteed!

  • Jack Brooks

    Judging by his past actions, Tebow will treat Sanchez with respect, but behind the scenes the Jets front office will hold him over Sanchez’ head. Sanchez knows his days are numbered if he doesn’t do better than 8-8 next season. Tebow is competitive but I’ve never heard him boast to be more than he is, so it will be hard for Sanchez to characterize Tebow as gunning for his job.

    • Scott Martin

      Ding Ding…someone who knows what they are talking about…Tebow’s winning appetite and attitude will make them BOTH better.

  • Peter

    The Jets along with the Mets and Knicks are the three loveable losers in the Tri-state Area, but something has to give in New York. Tebow is a winner and has been at every level. He had an amazing Rookie Campaign with Denver. Tebow lead all starting NFL Quarterbacks in fourth Quarter passing yards last season. He is the “come from behind kid”. He took a 5 – 11 Bronco’s Team and turned it into the AFC West Division Champions. He won a Playoff Game by beating the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers in dramatic fashion. He brings leadership qualities, determination and the will to win. He is a great natural athlete and will emerge as an elite NFL Quarterback. Mark Sanchez has regressed. He does not have a strong enough arm to be a starting Quarterback in the NFL. He gets nervous under pressure, is unsure of the Jet’s Playbook and makes poor decisions which allows his opponent to capitalize on his and the Jet’s weaknesses as a Football team. He had two consecutive cracks at the AFC Title Game and could not get it done! The Front office of the Jets recognizes this and after seeing the Giants win their second Super Bowl Title in 4 years, they finally realized that enough is enough. Remember, it was the Jets who were picked to go to the Super Bowl last year and not the Giants. I honestly do not care what the haters, negative fans, and so called analyst think about Tim Tebow. As a Football Fan, my instincts and love for the game tell me that the Jets have finally made the right move and minus any injuries, Tim Tebow will eventually bring home a Super Bowl Title as the Starting QB for the New York Jets. it’s a good day for the NFL and an even better day to be a New York Jet’s Fan. I say bring on “Tebow Time” and let’s get this thing done!!!

    • charles

      peter i could not have said it better. the man is a winner. high school, college and the nfl. check the won – loss stats. the man has won about everything football has to offer, accept a supper bowl. that will be next.

  • Mr. Lingus

    LOL! Love seeing the Jets nation bickering!

    Eli Manning and the Giants, baby!!!! New York Giants = the real New York team; make that the World Champion team TWICE in five years, baby! LOL!

    • Fred

      Both Jets & Giants are NJ teams, the only true NY team is the Bills. :P

      • Christie: the Governor that ate NJ

        How’s that working out for you?

  • Rob B.

    Article should have said, Tebow will be the backup …. until Sanchez throws his first pick, which based on history will be sometime in the first quarter of the first game. Sanchez is a plug.

  • nadia

    tebow will b an asset wherever he goes, , the jaguars wud have been a better fit, NY doesn’t deserve him….

  • The jet fan

    He’s coming to ny on a jet plane good for the jets

  • Ed the Fan

    Tebow is a winner that’s a fact not based on faith. It’s a shame if he isn’t a starter and I don’t know if that in and out of the lineup wildcat stuff works, it sure didn’t for the Eagles. I like to see winners but the NFL is great entertainment as well and the Tebow story is great fun for the whole family. Now his story will be in the New York media spotlight. Popcorn time!

    • Bill Duke

      You have a strange definition of winner. He finished the season with a 1-4 record. Time for a math lesson.

  • Allie F.

    Just how dumb are these people! What a totaly waste – for the Jets and for Tebow. He should have gone to a team that will grow and excel WITH him, not bench him.

    • Rapple

      Yea way to go Jets, you just wanted to get tv ratings and press coverage.

      You better build this kid up he is something special and now his talent is going to be wasted on the bench.

      Maybe God will strike Sanchez down, I wouldn’t want Tebow behind me in the line up!

    • davidlachnicht

      Clearly, no one who expressed an interest in Tebow understands what they would be getting. You take Tebow and he has to start, unless you somehow enjoy fans being up your nose on a daily basis. Tebow = butts in seats IF he plays.

  • Bears Fan

    Tebow will bring leadership that the fractured Jets need. Even if he is not the starting QB…there is no doubt that he still has a lot to learn…he is a leader and someone who finds ways to win. The Jets will be fortunate if that attitude rubs off on the rest of the team.

    • Eric Mintz

      You’re clueless. Tebow brings so much unwanted attention and pressure for Sanchez and the team in general . The stands will be full of Jesus freaks. Real fans will be so turned off by this guy.

      Btw, you should know incompetent front office mgmt. You’re a Bear fan.

      • Sterling

        Talk about clueless. Look in the mirror!

        Tebow will bring revenue to the Jets and hopefully leadership to this team. And the Jets are really lacking leadership in the locker room.

        Tebow needs to learn more. No one argues this. But the guy has shown that he can win too. Something else the Jets have issues with.

        • pepper

          He hardly had anything to do wit hthem winning. His kicker hits 2 55+ yd field goals, a running back runs o/o/b, etc… NY will chew him up and spit him out. That’s a fact. As for his so called leadership qualities, just wait until he starts to lose to see how those great qualities help him.

          • Darrell

            Honestly, you could be right, but we will never know because the only thing he has ever done, wherever he goes… is win. It’s worth a shot. You must not have followed the Broncos, I did. That team was dead in the water at 1-3 and going 1-4 until he brought them back close against SD. A week off, and 4 months later, they are in the playoffs with a no so good team.

            • pepper

              With all due respect, the Broncos backed into the playoffs last year by losing their last 3 games. How many td passes did Tebow throw last yr.?

            • Bill Duke

              And Timmy finished with a 1-4 record. Try to pay attention.

              • pepper

                You can’t win with these idiots. These are Tebow fanatics and not football fans.This is a total disaster of a move on every level.

      • jonny

        What’s wrong with being a Jesus fan. No one who follows Jesus is a freak.. ….you better get right or you will be left. Don’t like what I’m saying you had better read the end of the book. You make your choices and your choices make you.

        • elaineNY

          Aaron Rodgers is a “Jesus Freak” and no one is screaming about his faith. Why? I’m proud to be amongst the freaks by the way

      • Rob B.

        Judging by fans like you, some Jesus freaks in the stands might be just what the Jets need to balance out the riff raff..

        • Eric Mintz

          Yeah I’m real worried a-hole.

          • mincemeat

            hey eric mintz, how about one comment? please spare us from multiple comments. this is not your personal opinion board. BTW, I don’t agree with your first comment, so more of the same is not necessary.

            • pepper

              Who s I can only post once. jIt’s a msg board for opinions,acjk off.

        • pepper

          Yeah like some boy raping priests

  • Larry

    Here is the real scenario- Its the second game of the season, Sanchez throws his third interception of the season, its the 4th quarter, Jets down by 2 touchdowns. Tebow in, Sanchez out, the Jets win with a 2pt conversion and now guess what? Its Tebow time. Just like it happened in Denver. All the screamers including Francesca quiet down, let the season play out. What fans, no wonder the Jets play second to the Giants.

    • anthony

      you think it will take 2 games for sanchez to throw 3 interceptions I think it will only take 2 quarters

  • David Deak

    I agree with Eric. They will now probably rename the team “The Jesus Jets!”

    • Eric Mintz

      God is laughing at the Jets

      • Darrell

        Hate much? Most people, including his teamates, like Tebow for how much of a competitor he is, and for his leadership. Only the media and people who aren’t paying attention focus on his faith. He will help the team on the field and in the lockeroom.

        • Jack Brooks

          Right. I’ve heard no reports that Tebow pesters his teammates. The NFL needs more guys like Tebow, and fewer Michael Vicks. Even if Tebow has a good career as a RB and occasional fill-in QB, he’ll help the Jets.

  • A.Men

    make Tebow the starting quarterback!

    • msome


      • ThinkAlittleBefore

        What is “dumb” is that you respond with just a single word answer without anything resembling facts or an opinion that shows you have an ounce of intelligence. Now, I don’t agree that Tebow should start at least in the short term.He will be coming into a system that he is not completely familiar with. Can he take the job from Sanchez? Yeah, I think his skills are strong enough as well as his desire/competitiveness.But make no mistake, this was to put more fans in the stands.The NFL is supposed to be a for profit business. If it works out that Tebow is the guy to help them WIN. Then it will make business sense to put him in the position.

  • Eric Mintz

    Complete and incompetent buffoon that made the Jets the laughing stock of the league. This move will at least guarantee that this group of morons will be gone after this failure.

    • Tracy

      You mean like he made the Broncos a failure?

    • mincemeat

      to eric mintz: how about one comment? Is this your personal board? Your comments are all the same slant and are boring…..

      • pepper

        Too bad.

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