Broadway, no? In the end, yes.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal between the Denver Broncos and New York Jets to send Tim Tebow to the Big Apple hit a snag that once nullified the blockbuster trade, but now, everything's solid. Schefter later reported that the Jets have indeed traded for the former Florida Gators and Denver Broncos quarterback.
The two teams reportedly agreed to the deal before the Broncos requested that the Jets pay back salary and bonuses that were already paid to Tebow.
Multiple sources have indicated that the Jets front office agreed to the deal and then raised objections after thoroughly reading the contract. An ESPN source says the Broncos continue to negotiate with the Jets, but are also negotiating with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"We thought it was done," Tebow's brother, Robby, told The Florida Times-Union. "Signed, sealed and delivered. Apparently they didn't read the fine print."
Tebow was speaking colloquially. The "fine print" observation is something that's been repeated numerous times on Wednesday. That lets the Jets off too easy. The entire contract is fine print! It's not like there's a page that lists Tebow's reported salary in 48-point font. The whole thing is mired down in legalese and jargon. Not reading the fine print is another way of saying "they didn't read it at all."
Similar language ended trade talks between Denver and the Jaguars, Schefter noted, but as stated those talks appeared to be back on. Schefter later wrote that a league source believes the trade would eventually go through with the Jets. If both teams fell through, the St. Louis Rams could have been involved.
That would have been harsh for these bros who somehow already purchased matching Tebow Jets jerseys in the three hours since the trade was announced.
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