Former Jets GM: Trading for Tim Tebow was a mistake

The understatement of the day award goes to … Mike Tannenbaum.

Appearing on CBS Sports Radio Thursday, the former Jets general manager said that trading for Tim Tebow was one of the biggest blunders he made during his seven-year tenure.

“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 on The Damon Amendolara Show.

“I think some of the mistakes made were from the bottom end of our roster up. So when you lose guys like Jim Leonhard or Danny Woodhead or Jerricho Cotchery, it affects a lot of things – not just what they do on the field, but what they do in the locker room.

Tannenbaum sent fourth- and sixth-round draft picks to the Broncos for Tebow in March 2012. The move was puzzling from the get-go and ended up backfiring in spectacular fashion. Tebow played in just 77 offensive snaps for New York, who relegated him to personal punt protector and bench warmer.

According to Tannenbaum, who was fired at the conclusion of the Jets’ disastrous 6-10 season, it wasn’t all on Tebow. In fact, he believes the ballyhooed quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst will get another shot in the NFL.

“Yeah, Tim obviously didn’t play well in the preseason with New England, but he’s a guy (that’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 passion – I would think he’ll get another opportunity.”

Hey, at least he’s going out on a limb.

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  • Jamm77

    Tim is the worst.

  • Tebowmaniac

    getting Tebow was a good idea – Sanchez signing to a BIG contract before the trade was STUPID – Sanchez sucks…. Just think if Tebow would of played for the Jets this last season – Smith sucks… it all boils down to the Jets had a chance with Tebow, but they don’t know how to COACH the team … Rex should of been fired years ago…. Shanahan is available too and they still keep Rex??? IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • giovanni espinoza

      very true