And, he’s not alone.
Playing at a pro-am golf tournament at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., Robby Tebow said Wednesday that he and the Denver Broncos quarterback thought a trade to the Jets was a done deal.
“Like he was signed, sealed and delivered,” he said. “Apparently, they didn’t read the fine print.”
The Jets announced early Wednesday that they had agreed in principle to acquire Tebow for draft pick as a complement to starter Mark Sanchez. Denver general manager Brian Xanders said the Broncos would receive fourth- and sixth-round draft picks, while New York would get a seventh-rounder _ all in 2012.
But then Robby Tebow’s phone started buzzing. Tebow Time on Broadway? Well, not quite yet.
“They’re working on it,” Robby Tebow said. “I think the Jags are back in play. We’re almost back to square one.”
Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards declined comment.
“We want to go where somebody wants him _ that’s where he wants to be,” Robby Tebow said. “We’ll figure it out. They’re working on the contract; all those guys doing what they’re paid to do.”
ESPN first reported that provisions in the quarterback’s contract are causing complications in the completion of the trade.
The hang-up came hours after the Jets declared they were bringing the polarizing quarterback to New York. It’s just another bizarre moment for the Jets, a team that has had its share of them over the years, conjuring memories of Bill Belichick’s hiring as coach and his resignation one day later.
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. The trade hit the hang-up when the Jets apparently balked at repaying the Broncos more than $5 million for the 2012-14 seasons from that advance.
If the sides work things out, “Tebowmania” likely would take over New York, just a few weeks after “Linsanity” swept the New York area and the rest of the NBA with the Knicks’ sensational Jeremy Lin.
But not everyone’s a fan.
Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, who led the Jets to their only Super Bowl title in 1969, was among those unhappy with the possible deal.