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Jets Owner Says Tim Tebow Trade Was ‘Forced’ On Him

Woody JohnsonFollowing a disappointing 6-10 season, the New York Jets began to clean house by firing GM Mike Tannenbaum and vowing to make changes before next season.

Now that the team has hired John Idzik as the new general manager, Ted Sundquist, formerly of the Denver Broncos, has leaked a little information after interviewing for the vacant general manager position recently. Sundquist claims that Jets owner Woody Johnson wasn’t the one to blame for the Tim Tebow trade according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com:

Former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist, who interviewed for the job nine days ago, said Johnson told him it wasn’t his idea. Sundquist said it was his impression that the trade was “forced” on Johnson and team president Neil Glat, who also participated in the interview.

Sundquist’s description of the interview makes it sound as though Johnson was blaming former GM Mike Tannenbaum for the Tebow debacle; in a sense, Johnson did exactly that, firing Tannenbaum one day after the regular season ended.

It still remains unclear what the Jets’ front office intends to do with Tebow moving forward. The consensus at the end of the regular season was that Tebow would be let go via trade or given his release. The team has yet to make an official decision on Tebow’s immediate future and whether or not he’ll still be a part of the franchise next season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars were thought to be the logical choice for Tebow with the fan support he’d receive and the need for an upgrade at the quarterback position. Although logical, it appears not to be in the cards for Tebow with GM David Caldwell saying that the team has no intention of pursuing Tebow during the off-season and will stick with Blaine Gabbert.

With the Jaguars not interested and the Jets still up in the air as to what to do with Tebow, the future remains uncertain for the league’s most popular backup quarterback. Tebow was recently spotted working out in Arizona leading to speculation surrounding the Arizona Cardinals, but nothing has come to fruition in terms of a trade or the Jets releasing the quarterback.

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