They might not be able to get rid of Sanchez because of his contract so would they be willing to pay Sanchez/Smith $15-20 mill next season?
I'm not sure. I think Smith would take less if he was guaranteed to be a starter and there are teams like KC that can offer him more money and the starting spot, but I think he would go to a team like the Jets if they can somehow get rid of Sanchez (which is slim to none), because the guy wants to play and be on a winner.
I really don't know. Those are the only viable reasons I can see for them acquiring Tebow. If jersey sales go straight to revenue sharing, then it makes the trade even more puzzling.
It really was puzzling. They'd just signed Drew Stanton as the back up, then traded for Tebow and subsequently shipped him out the next day. It'd make more sense if they'd actually decided to use him, which still wouldn't make sense anyway. I'm curious what they told him his role was going to be that made him pick the Jets over the Jags, not that I mind because I'm pretty sure I said I'd be switching allegiances if they acquired him.
The Jets got Tebow for two reasons: first, Woody Johnson is obsessed with "winning the back pages," and he loved the publicity that came with the trade. Next time you read something in the Daily News or New York Post citing "unnamed sources with the Jets," look no further than the owner's box.
Second, I think that they genuinely believed that Sparano could use him as a weapon in some specialty packages. The Wildcat has always burned Ryan because he blitzes so aggressively, so it took him longer than everyone else to realize that the rest of the league pretty much had it figured out. Plus, they didn't realize until too late that they don't have the personnel to run a read option, which takes another way of using Tebow off the table. So they basically got stuck with a backup QB who can't throw.