Jets owner downplays Tebow

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (R) and Jets team owner Woody Johnson. (REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (R) and Jets team owner Woody Johnson. (REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:20 PM ET

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Owner Woody Johnson on Sunday said that selling more tickets had nothing to do with the New York Jets acquiring Tim Tebow.

"Let me be really clear about this: We work for the fans," Johnson told a small group of NFL writers in the lobby of The Breakers resort. "The fans want us to win games. So all of the decisions that we make regarding the team are just for football.

"It's hard to predict other things. I think if you get confused in terms of what your mission is, you're not going to accomplish your mission. Our mission is to win games, pure and simple."

While Johnson would not reveal the "internal discussions" as to who, or how, the idea originated on the Jets to pursue a trade with the Broncos for Tebow, it all happened fast, he said. And GM Mike Tannenbaum was deeply involved.

"Mike's job is to look at all opportunities," Johnson said. "He always says, 'Under every rock.' The fans expect that from us. They expect us to look at every opportunity, and Tim Tebow was one of those.

"I think Tim Tebow will be a good addition to the team. From a football standpoint he adds flexibility, versatility. He's a great athlete. He's a big athlete. He can do a lot of things, besides being the backup quarterback. I think all those things are going to make us a better and stronger team going forward. And I'm excited, and I'm on board."

Johnson even compared Tebow — who will be introduced Monday as a Jet — to Brad Smith of the Buffalo Bills.

"Mark Sanchez is our starter. (But Tebow) can do a lot of things. Whether he's like a Brad Smith, (I don't know). I think he gives you a versatility — particularly in our division, and in our conference — that I think (will) be helpful for us."

Johnson is here for the NFL annual meeting, Monday to Wednesday.

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