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Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow: A match made in heaven?

Mark Sanchez will be the New York Jets starter, but Tim Tebow could make the offense more dynamic as a situational player. Or the whole thing could blow up in the Jets' face. 

By Correspondent / March 22, 2012

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) walk off the field together after an NFL football game in Denver last season. Tebow has been traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets.

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The Great Contract Snag of 2012 has been untangled, and now Tim Tebow, officially, is headed back east to play for the New York Jets.

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The Jets have agreed to pay half a $5 million salary advance due Tebow, meaning that the biggest star in the National Football League (sorry, Peyton) heads where, perhaps, he naturally belongs: the one city big enough to handle Tebowmania.

So what does this all mean for Tebow, the Jets, and other teams around the NFL? Let’s break it down:

The Good

From a career standpoint, Tebow could do far worse. Going somewhere with an undisputed starter, like Green Bay or New England, would guarantee his riding the bench for at least few years, if not longer. Go to a place like Jacksonville, with little national relevance and a dearth of stars, and the pressure to succeed and carry the team on his shoulders would be intense.  

The New York Jets, though, have perhaps just the right level of talent and distraction to give Tebow the opportunity to dazzle without it being an immediate necessity.

For the Jets, Tebow’s running ability gives them another weapon in building the run-heavy offense head coach Rex Ryan has always wanted. Tebow will be the backup, but could play several plays – or even series – each game in the "wildcat," an offensive package that plays directly to Tebow's strengths as an option quarterback. He would also be a useful weapon in short-yardage situations. 

Off the field, there may not be a young NFL player better equipped to deal with the New York media than Tebow. He’s been flawless in his handling of intense scrutiny this far in his career, showing he has an instinct for how to deal with media pressure.

What’s more, there will be plenty of other stars and sports to share the spotlight in New York – Ryan won’t tolerate not being the center of attention for too long, there’s the Super Bowl champion (Giants) in the same stadium, and the Knicks, Yankees, and Rangers right down the road. In New York, Tebow will be just one circus among many.

Furthermore, the Jets could clearly use a little character and good cheer in their locker room, something Tebow provides in spades. And there’s a chance his presence could light a fire under Sanchez, who had a disastrous season last year that culminated in a near mutiny from his teammates.

The Bad

Hey, remember Mark Sanchez?

Despite his implosion last season, the Jets showed a commitment to their troubled young quarterback by giving him a three-year, $40.5 million contract extension. But the Tebow trade has the potential to shake Sanchez’s already fragile confidence. After last season, he’s on thin ice with the New York fan base, as well as some of his teammates.

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