A year after being fired by the New York Jets, the team's former general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted that trading for Tim Tebow was a mistake. Still, he wouldn't rule out an NFL return for Tebow.
During an interview on The Damon Amendolara Show on Wednesday, Tannenbaum reflected on some of decisions he made during the end of his seven-year tenure that didn't work out.
“I think some of the mistakes we 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. Obviously we made a couple mistakes, trading for Tim Tebow most notably," said Tannenbaum, who was fired after the Jets went 6-10 in 2012 and missed the playoffs. "But I would say beyond that, some of the things again, looking at our roster from the bottom up, we could have done a better job at that especially toward the end."
Despite characterizing the trade with the Denver Broncos as a mistake, the 44-year-old said he "would never bet against" Tebow. He even believes the out-of-work quarterback will get another chance at living out his NFL dream. Tebow, who only threw eight passes for the Jets in 2012, was hired by ESPN in December 2013 as a college football analyst.
“When I was six years old I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC," Tebow said in a statement issued by ESPN.