- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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On March 21, 2012, the Jets made one of the biggest trades in franchise history -- and, as it turned out, one of the worst.
In honor of the one-year anniversary (well, not really), we take a look back at a day for the ages.
For a plethora of reasons, Tebow never made the impact the Jets envisioned. Oh, it generated plenty of publicity -- nine months of back-page headlines -- but much of the attention was negative and embarrassing.
The trade cost them plenty:
* Two draft picks -- fourth- and sixth-round choices. They received a seventh-rounder from the Broncos.
* Salary -- The Jets paid him $1.572 million last season in salary and bonuses.
* Back salary -- As part of the trade, the Jets agreed to pay $2.5 million to the Broncos, reimbursing them for salary advances they already had paid Tebow. The Jets paid $1 million last year and still have to pay $1.5 million for the coming year, which counts against the salary cap.