Tim Tebow Jets Trade a Big Mistake, Says Ex-GM Mike Tannebaum

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Friday, 17 Jan 2014 07:59 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannebaum, who was fired after a dismal 2012 season, said this week that trading to get quarterback Tim Tebow was one of his big mistakes.

Tebow, 26, played for the Denver Broncos for two seasons before being traded to the Jets in March 2012. Tannebaum gave him the boot in April 2013 after the former Heisman winner failed to unseat starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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"Obviously we made a couple mistakes — trading for Tim Tebow most notably. But I would say beyond that, but we [could have done a better job with the bottom of our roster], especially toward the end," Tannenbaum said Wednesday on CBS Sports Radio's "Damon Amendolara Show."

Tebow was picked up by the New England Patriots during the summer preseason but was released in August before the regular season even started. It was the third time in 18 months he'd been let go from a team.

Tannebaum said that despite Tebow's rough couple years, the University of Florida alum will return to the NFL.

"Tim obviously didn't play well in the preseason with New England, but he's a guy [who's] incredibly passionate about his career," Tannenbaum said. "I would never bet against Tim. We used to have an expression that Tim's the type of guy who's either going to be successful or die trying. His relentlessness and passionate — I would think he'll get another opportunity."

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