Tim Tebow will be introduced as the newest member of the New York Jets at a news conference on Monday.
But before he can join the Jets, Tebow — because of a procedural issue — will be required to sign a rewritten contract with the Denver Broncos on Friday and remain on Denver’s salary cap for 24 hours thereafter, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder. That means the trade will not be official until 4 p.m. ET Saturday.
Tebow flew to New York on Thursday afternoon, but the contract issue forced the Jets to postpone his introductory news conference until Monday.
That hasn’t stopped the Jets’ coaches from starting the challenge of formulating an offensive plan that will allow Tebow and Mark Sanchez to coexist.
The blueprint will be centered on an attack that’s not so hip anymore — the Wildcat.
In terms of popularity, it has gone the way of MySpace. But coach Rex Ryan and new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who introduced the Wildcat to the NFL in 2008, are ready to go old-school with Tebow.
“People have gotten away from it, for whatever reason, but I think it can still be effective — especially with Tebow,” Buffalo Bills wide receiver Brad Smith said Thursday in a phone interview. “He can do a lot of things with the football, and I’m sure they’ll come up with creative ways to use him.”
In New York, Smith is synonymous with the Wildcat because he was used in that role during a five-year stint with the Jets, ending in 2010. In fact, when the Tebow trade was being finalized Wednesday, Smith was trending on Twitter.
Smith also has been mentioned prominently this week in the Jets’ meeting rooms. Ryan always liked the unique dimension Smith brought to the offense, and he envisions a similar role for Tebow, who will be introduced by the Jets at a news conference Monday.
Sparano didn’t need to be convinced. His version of the Wildcat — unveiled in 2008 — helped the Miami Dolphins to an AFC East title.
Sparano and Ryan are likeminded in their football philosophy — they want to run or, as Ryan likes to say, ground and pound. They also have this in common: They both got “Tebowed” last season, victimized by Tebow’s late-game heroics for the Broncos.
Source: Rich Cimini – ESPNNewYork.com