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“It would be our goal to get him in the best situation possible for him to have success also,” Elway said.

Tebow’s base salaries for the next few seasons are very cap friendly: $1.942 million in 2012, $2.266 million in 2013 and $2.590 million in 2014 _ something else that clearly appealed to the Jets.

Although the unorthodox QB energized the Broncos with a series of fourth-quarter comebacks last season, Tebow’s messy mechanics and flawed footwork led to accuracy issues. And with his eagerness to run, he’s hardly the prototypical pocket passer.

The Broncos changed their offense midseason to fit his unique skill set, dusting off the option offense, and it revitalized them as they soared to the top of the NFL rushing charts. But their passing game remained stuck in neutral as Tebow completed just 46 percent of his throws.

Tebow also will return to his backup quarterback role, which he filled before leading the Broncos to an 8-8 finish and the AFC West title. He also won a playoff game with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, beating Pittsburgh in overtime.

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AP Sports Writers Arnie Stapleton and Pat Graham in Denver contributed to this report.