Tebowmania is headed to the Big Apple.
Not even 48 hours after signing Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos traded fan favorite Tim Tebow to the New York Jets for a fourth-round draft pick.
The deal sends one of the league's most popular players to its biggest market and spells the end to one of the wildest chapters in NFL offseason history.
Drafted by the Broncos in 2010, Heisman winner Tebow was promoted into the starting lineup ahead of struggling Kyle Orton six games into last season.
Despite unorthodox mechanics, Tebow's penchant for late-game heroics helped propel Denver to an AFC West title and a playoff win against Pittsburgh.
Tebow also helped energize a Broncos fan base that was becoming increasingly frustrated at the franchise’s ineptitude over the previous 10 seasons.
The devout Christian's religious views and on-field prayers sparked controversy and even some ridicule, but also endeared him to millions of fans.
Still, be didn’t show enough promise as an NFL quarterback to convince Broncos management that he had the potential to become a franchise player.
Denver was willing to go into 2012 with Tebow starting, but when Manning was released by Indianapolis earlier this month, the Broncos moved quickly.
On the Jets, Tebow will theoretically compete for the starting job with Mark Sanchez. Tebow has three years left on a five-year, $9.8 million contract.