Trading for Tim Tebow was a mistake, former Jets GM now says

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, the man who traded for Tim Tebow, is now looking back on his career in New York. He's expressing some regrets, and guess who's right at the top?

"Obviously we made a couple mistakes," Tannenbaum told CBS Sports Radio, "trading for Tim Tebow most notably." The Jets dealt a fourth- and sixth-round pick to Denver to get Tebow in March 2012, and then proceeded to use him in no discernibly logical fashion whatsoever. Tebow's fans claimed that he was a playoff-winning quarterback who wasn't being used effectively; his detractors claimed that he simply didn't have the skill set to compete at an NFL level.

Regardless, the Jets went 6-10 in 2012, and Tannenbaum got the boot. So too did Tebow, who caught on for a preseason stint with the Patriots but got cut before the season began.

Tannenbaum also talked about problems that the Jets roster had from the bottom up, but you don't really care about that, do you? No, you want more Tebow, so here it is: Tannenbaum added that he believes Tebow will return to the NFL. "I would never bet against Tim," he said. "We used to have an expression that Tim's the type of guy who's either going to be successful or die trying. His relentlessness and passion ... I would think he'll get another opportunity."

We shall see. Tebow is currently employed as a commentator for ESPN's SEC Network, but has made no secret of his desire to continue to seek a job as a quarterback in the NFL. Begin your smart comebacks to his heartfelt dream in 3, 2, 1 ...

Jay Busbee is a contributor for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter.

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