At least one teammate, cornerback Antonio Cromartie, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to express his confidence in Sanchez and the offense as structured before the deal.
"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."
The Jets signed Stanton last week to be their No. 2 quarterback, ahead of Greg McElroy, the team's seventh-round draft pick last year. General manager Mike Tannenbaum said Tuesday that he was confident in the trio, but added: "I'll give you my standard answer, which is you never know if other opportunities present themselves. We'll always look at it. That's the standard line there, but we feel good about Greg, Drew and Mark, and see where we go from there."
And that led them to Tebow.
The Jets saw up close what Tebow can do in the clutch as he led the Broncos on a 95-yard drive last November —including the winning 20-yard touchdown run in the final minute — to beat New York in a game that set off a series of incredible comebacks for the quarterback.
Sanchez, when asked about potentially using the wildcat more often, said he didn't particularly enjoy lining up as a wide receiver.
"I don't know if I'm very good split out like that," he told Fox Sports Radio with a laugh. "And I don't like coming off the field."
With Tebow in the mix, that seems inevitable, though, even if it's for a few snaps a game. Ryan has said he wants the Jets to get back to a "Ground-and-Pound" approach, which made them so successful during their runs to the AFC title games in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The running game sputtered a bit last year, and Tebow — who's built like a fullback at 6-foot-3 and 238 pounds — ran for 660 yards while working as the Broncos' starting quarterback after replacing Kyle Orton after a 1-4 start.
Tebow's days were numbered in Denver when Manning chose the Broncos as his next destination. They are two entirely different quarterbacks and it made little sense to keep Tebow as a backup because the Broncos were going to have a vastly different offense under Manning, one of the most precise passers in league history.
Tebow's skills will fit much better behind Sanchez, who has many of the same traits.
Elway and Broncos coach John Fox called Tebow on Monday night to tell him it was possible he would be traded.
"I'm sure he was disappointed," Elway said Tuesday during the news conference to introduce Manning. "He didn't come out and say he was disappointed. I think it was a typical Tim Tebow response in the fact that he was very positive, and he said, 'Well, we're talking about Peyton Manning, and I understand exactly what you're doing.'"
Elway said he wanted to do right by Tebow, who took over a 1-4 team and led the Broncos to the AFC West title and a playoff win over Pittsburgh.
"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.
AP Sports Writers Arnie Stapleton and Pat Graham in Denver contributed to this report.
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