The New York Jets interest in quarterback Tim Tebow has intensified, according to ESPN.com.
Multiple sources told ESPN New York Tuesday night that the Jets will raise their efforts in attempting to acquire the quarterback via trade. New York is reportedly looking to alleviate concerns of the negative perception of their locker room by adding Tebow, who is considered by many to be a positive presence.
According to ESPN, another league source categorized the Jets as a “long shot” to acquire Tebow.
The Jets recently gave 25-year-old quarterback Mark Sanchez a three-year extension. The fourth-year starter struggled in 2011, however, and was blamed by some for the team’s failure to make the playoffs after appearing in two consecutive AFC Championship games.
In his first taste as a starter last season, Tebow revitalized the Denver Broncos, leading them to a 6-3 record to finish the season. He also helped them claim an overtime victory to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs. Tebow has become available on the trade market after the Broncos signed free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning to a five-year, $96 million deal.