Friday’s Morning Links:
Red Sox Sign Bobby Jenks: Boston signed former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks to a two-year deal yesterday worth a total of $12 million. Overall it isn’t a bad deal for the Red Sox, considering most relievers are signing for 3 years this offseason. While $6 million is pretty pricey, it helps make Jon Papelbon expendable in a trade. Jenks provides another good, quailty back of the pen arm, who at times has flashed dominance. I like this deal for the Red Sox and I think they will be greatly rewarded for picking up Jenks.
Chargers Crush the 49ers: This was a big game for San Diego as they moved to within half a game of the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC West Division. Considering that the Wild Cards both have a game and a half lead on San Diego, the Chargers will need to win the West to go to the playoffs. San Diego showed just how dangerous a team they can be in the post season as they beat the 49ers last night 34-7. The Chargers controlled this game from start to finish, as the 49ers defense didn’t have an answer for them. San Diego once again showed that they are basically unbeatable in December, and they look to be the Division champs when the season is over.
Tim Tebow Taking Snaps In Practice, Could Start This Week: The long awaited Tim Tebow era could begin this week in Denver as starting quarterback Kyle Orton is a bit banged up. Tebow took snaps with the first team offense yesterday, and should play a bigger role this week against the Oakland Raiders. Tebow has played in some special packages this season, but has yet to see the field for any significant game action. While Broncos fans have been clamoring for Tebow for sometime, I’d be a bit careful for what you wish for. While Orton’s number have dropped this season, quarterback play is not why this team is in last place. The Broncos offensive line woes and lack of a running game are a much bigger reason for their struggles. To say nothing of their porous defense that really hasn’t stopped anyone. Personally I doubt Tebow is ready, as I think he still needs developmental time to learn how to be a top quarterback. Broncos fans should be patient with Tebow and let him develop at his own pace.