(USA TODAY) -- It took more time than anticipated to finalize the actual trade, a rewritten contract inked over the weekend and a five-day visit to the New York area, but new Jets backup QB Tim Tebow was finally introduced by the Jets on Monday.
"It's such an honor for me to be here, and I'm so excited to be a Jet," said Tebow, who thanked the Broncos for his time in Denver and wished them and new QB Peyton Manning well.
A big question hanging over Gang Green now: how long until Tebow is possibly a starting quarterback again himself.
"Everybody that puts on a uniform, you want to go out there and play," Tebow said of the prospect of backing up QB Mark Sanchez while again reiterating he'd play whatever role he needed to to help the team.
"We're gonna have a great relationship," he said of Sanchez, whom he considers a longtime friend and joked that he'd forewarned him about the media saturation the New York area's known for.
Tebow described Sanchez as "excited" about the prospect of them being teammates despite reports that he wasn't thrilled about a direct threat to the starting job he's held since being drafted fifth overall by the Jets since 2009.
Jets HC Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum, who were in Florida for the NFL's owners meetings, didn't attend Tebow's news conference.
But Tebow repeatedly said the organization's faith in him as a player made New York a welcome destination for him regardless of his immediate role.
"I had a better relationship with the Jets coaches," he said of his comfort level with the team, admitting he really didn't know the new leadership now in place for his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, who were also bidding for his rights last week.
"I don't really feel too much pressure," he said. "I'm sure there'll be some pressure leading up to it (the season), but I've enjoyed pressure. ... It's something (where) I play better when I have more on the line."
He told ESPN after the conference that he's been working on his fundamentals during the offseason. He also laughed off the initial lack of support from Jets CB Antonio Cromartie -- "He's a Florida State guy," Tebow said -- and appreciates the sentiments of teammates who have stuck up for Sanchez.
He's already excited about the support of Jets fans -- though many seem torn about his acquisition -- and said many descended on Denver last season when New York played the Broncos in Week 11.
A first-round pick of the Broncos in 2010, Tebow stepped in for a 1-4 team last year and helped lead it to the AFC West crown in his exhilarating if unconventional style. After being dealt to the Jets last Wednesday, he's again forced to prove his credentials as an NFL starting quarterback now that he's been tasked as Mark Sanchez's backup but with a role in triggering the Wildcat formation the Jets (and new OC Tony Sparano) like to use.
As for the media crush that descended on the Jets' Florham Park, N.J., headquarters to see Tebow in his gray suit and pale green tie as the team rolled out the green carpet for its new No. 2 signal caller?
"I have bosses, too, and they wanted me to stand up and talk to you all," Tebow smiled.
He was also asked if his arrival had more to do with marketing and winning New York's back pages than football, laughing off a sponsor's decision to put his picture above the Lincoln Tunnel.
"I really don't take offense to that," he said. "I don't think it's true. ... I think it has to do with some coaches believing in me."
Whether or not his new teammates will believe in him remains to be seen.
"I don't think I'm trying to win over the locker room," he said, hoping his work ethic will earn their loyalty and admiration. "I just want to make this team a little bit better.
"I'm blessed to be on a very good football team. ... It's always a lot of fun to be on the tough team, the physical team."
Nate Davis, USA TODAY