Tim Tebow Trade Was a Mistake, Former Jets GM Says

January 19, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

That trade for Tim Tebow? A mistake.

“Obviously we made a couple mistakes,” Tannenbaum told CBS Sports Radio, “trading for Tim Tebow most notably.”

Tebow was traded for a fourth- and sixth-round draft pick in March 2012.

Tebow was later let go. After getting cut by the New England Patriots before the season began, the once promising star has now gotten into broadcasting.

Not everything was Tebow’s fault, though.

“I think some of the mistakes made were from the bottom end of our roster up,” Tannenbaum said. “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.”

And Tannebaum can imagine Tebow getting back into 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 passion — I would think he’ll get another opportunity.”

Tebow has an option in his contract with ESPN to pursue opportunities in the NFL if they arise.

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