If you were under the impression that the New York Jets might ditch the Tim Tebow Experiment after one year, given the lack of success the quarterback has enjoyed so far in his new offense, think again. Jets owner Woody Johnson, who seems to favor himself a football guy in the Jerry Jones mold these days, said in a Wednesday morning interview with CNBC that Tebow should definitely own instead of leasing. “Are we going to keep Tebow? Absolutely,” Johnson said. “He’ll be with us for three years, and he’ll be a real asset in terms of helping us win games.” Tebow’s current contract, which was traded with him from the Denver Broncos in March, runs through the 2014 season. He signed a five-year, $9.75 million contract in July of 2010, a few months after the Broncos selected him in the first round, and he’s set to make a little over $2.5 million in base salary and roster bonus this season. He could make as much next season, and there’s a “likely to be earned” escalator in his contract that Johnson seems determined to exercise. Johnson was asked if there’s been any wavering on his part, or on the part of head coach Rex Ryan, about Tebow starting over Mark Sanchez at some point. “No. No. There will be never be,” Johnson said. But with that said, Johnson seemed to hedge his bets on Sanchez.
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Jets owner: Tebow will be with the team through 2014 (Shutdown Corner)