The Tim Tebow Trade Might Be Held Up Because The Jets Never Read Tebow's Contract

Hold off on throwing away your Chrebet jerseys, Jets fans. The Tebow trade might not be happening because of a five-million-dollar snag.

Writes Mike Klis of the Denver Post:

The Jets even announced the trade on their twitter feed. And th-e-e-e-e-e-n someone in Jets' management decided to look at Tebow's contract.

The Jets were apparently in too much rush to make a news splash for their New York tabloids. They didn't look at Tebow's contract until after agreeing to the deal.

Would you buy a home without an inspection?

The contract says any team acquiring Tebow has to kick back $5.06375 million to the Broncos in advanced salaries from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons, according to an NFL source.

Other reports confirm this quirky provision—which gave Tebow a $6.2 million salary advance before last season—and say that other potential Broncos trading partners were aware of it. Just not the Jets. Now Adam Schefter reports that the Jaguars are back in the mix for Tebow, although of course that could just be hot air coming from Denver to scare the Jets, who are probably trying to haggle Denver down from that hefty price tag. Take off your coat and stay a while—this thing is just starting to warm up.

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