Tebow traded to New York Jets

Quarterback Tim Tebow has been traded by the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets, the National Football League website reported on Wednesday.

Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner with the University of Florida, helped lead the Broncos to the playoffs last season but was traded one day after Denver signed free agent Peyton Manning.

The Jets acquired the unorthodox quarterback, who became the talking point of the NFL in helping the Broncos mount a six-game winning streak to get into the playoff picture, by sending a fourth-round draft pick and a sixth-round selection to Denver, who sent a seventh-round pick back the Jets along with Tebow.

The move by New York came after the AFC East team had signed young starting quarterback Mark Sanchez to a contract extension.

The Jets finished out of the playoffs last season with an 8-8 record, the same mark posted by Denver, but lost their last three games to fall out of contention.

Denver was looking to trade Tebow after they signed 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback Manning to a five-year $96 million deal.

(Reporting By Larry Fine in New York; editing by Julian Linden)