Now that Tim Tebow has gone from a prospective New York Jet to one that will be introduced in a press conference Monday, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is reportedly ready to welcome him. After making several tweets earlier in the week suggesting the Jets did not need the quarterback who was acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos, Cromartie told the New York Daily News he was only trying to defend starter Mark Sanchez.
“I don’t have any regrets,” Cromartie told the News. “I think a lot of people took what I said the wrong way. People took it as me dissing Tebow. I never dissed Tebow. I just said we don’t need him on our team because Mark is our quarterback.”… I would never take a shot at any NFL player. (Tebow’s) been a winner all his life. He’s pulled his teams out of predicaments. I’m not the kind of person that would degrade or belittle someone in the NFL.”
As news surfaced that the Jets were looking into acquiring Tebow, Cromartie offered a series of tweets expressing his disdain for the potential move.
“Y bring Tebow in when we need to bring in more Weapons for @Mark_Sanchez let’s build the team around him. We already signed to 3 year ext.” read one tweet from Cromartie, referring to Sanchez’s recent three-year contract extension.
But Cromartie also went beyond protecting Sanchez, by tweeting “We don’t need Tebow,” and saying receiver Jeremy Kerley or running back Joe McKnight could run the team’s wildcat offense. He also made an apparent allusion to Tebow’s power as a drawing card and indicated that should not be used as a reason to bring Tebowmania to the New York area.
“We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami.” Cromartie tweeted earlier in the week. “Our wildcat offense can b ran by J. Kerley or Joe McKnight we straight.”
But with Tebow officially a Jet Friday, Cromartie told the News the quarterback could have a beneficial role on the team, and praised general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan.