Tim Tebow Joins New York Jets But Can the Internet Handle it?

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will be traded to the New York Jets (the city that originated Linsanity) and an interesting question arises: Can the Internet survive?

After a big false start, the New York Jets pulled off a Tebow-like comeback Wednesday night, getting the quarterback who turned the Denver Broncos from an also-ran into a playoff team last season and became the NFL's most talked-about player – for a fourth- and sixth-round draft pick. Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Flickr

Tim Tebow and a seventh-round draft pick have been shipped to the New York Jets for fourth- and sixth-round draft picks, tells Yahoo!. All picks are for 2012.

Tim Tebow became a sensation of the 2011 season. After starting the season as a backup to Kyle Orton, he started in a string of late-in-the-game comebacks.

Then Broncos released Orton, and Tebow seemed to be their man. But when Manning was released by the Colts, Broncos general manager John Elway jumped at the chance to sign him.

Eight hours after initially agreeing to a trade, the teams completed it after it was hung up when the Jets balked at repaying Denver more than $5 million for a salary advance due Tebow, reports The Huff Post.

The two sides agreed to split that cost, and Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the team was “comfortable with the compensation.”

“We knew what the contract was,” Tannenbaum 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. And they did so throughout the day.”

“I’m thankful they stuck with me through this whole crazy process,” Tebow said. In New York Tebow will have to compete with Mark Sanchez for a starting job.

Sanchez threw seven interceptions in his last three games as the team fell apart in the midst of a playoff race. The Jets finished the season 8-8, with losses to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants and the hapless Miami Dolphins keeping the Jets from playoff contention.

Tannenbaum repeatedly referred to Sanchez as “our guy” and the team’s unquestioned starting quarterback. “Mark Sanchez is, has been and will be our starting quarterback,” he said.

Sanchez spoke highly on Tuesday of Tebow and Manning on Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles. “I think Peyton is going to do great, and I think Tim is going to do great no matter what happens,” Sanchez said on ‘The Petros & Money Show.’

He continued: “He can learn from one of the best quarterbacks to ever play or he moves on somewhere else and uses his skills at another ball club.”

“He definitely has talent. He knows how to win. He knows how to impact players, so both guys are really in a good situation. It’ll work out for both of them,” he added.

Tebow adds a unique dimension to the offense for the Jets, including running the team’s wildcat package – something new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano enjoys using. He also provides a solid presence in a locker room that was rife with infighting last season – particularly between Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes.

As part of Tebow’s $11.25 million, five-year contract he signed as a rookie in 2010, he had a $6.277 million advance due 29 days after the start of the 2011 league year. That money was paid to him in August after the NFL lockout ended.

So, now Tebowmania is opening on Broadway. New York is the city that originated Linsanity, the hysteria surrounding Knicks guard and inspirational career underdog Jeremy Lin, tells Mashable.

#Linsanity and Lin’s name trended on Twitter and the Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo regularly during February as the point guard’s Internet following grew exponentially and he spawned numerous memes. The “Tebowing” craze dominated the web last fall.

Joining Tebow and Lin in the world’s media capital would combine two of sports history’s most viral meme machines, possibly putting unbearable strain on the Internet’s cultural weight-carrying capabilities.

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, already took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his confidence in Sanchez and the offense as structured before the deal was finalized.

“Y bring Tebow in when we need to bring in more Weapons for (at)Mark_Sanchez,” Cromartie tweeted. “Let’s build the team around him. We already signed to 3 year ext.”

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, who led the Jets to their only Super Bowl title in 1969, was also among those who were unhappy.

“I’m just sorry that I can’t agree with this situation. I think it’s just a publicity stunt. I can’t go with it. I think it’s wrong,” Namath told 1050 ESPN Radio on Wednesday. “I don’t think they know what they’re doing over there.”

One thing Tebow will certainly do is bring plenty of interest to a team that needs to pay for the New Meadowlands. A quarterback controversy that involves one of the most divisive players in the league may not help win games, but it will sell tickets.

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