Kraft: Tim Tebow adds to Jets-Pats rivalry

WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- The New York Jets' recent trade for quarterback Tim Tebow made plenty of headlines throughout the NFL. But New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave his biggest rivals a thumbs up for the trade at Monday's owners meetings.

"I think it's exciting; I think it's a lot of fun," Kraft said. "You know, the NFL is about rivalries...And I'm a big fan of Tim Tebow. I love that he’s into spirituality, and I think it makes the rivalry an even bigger rivalry."

Kraft then went on to say with a smile, "I don't know if there will be enough media hype around the game."

New York acquired Tebow and a seventh-round pick for a fourth- and sixth-round pick in April's draft. The Jets also had to pay $2.5 million to facilitate the trade.

Kraft wouldn't discuss whether the Patriots had any interest in Tebow once he became available. But it's no secret New England coach Bill Belichick has always had high praise for Tebow, and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round in Denver in 2010.

"I know that both our head coach and offensive coordinator are big fans of Tim Tebow and appreciate his unique skills," Kraft said. "He's just a great young man, and we’re looking forward to the rivalry -- and we want him to go see 'Evita.'"

Tebow recently went to see his first Broadway play in New York. Kraft jokingly mentioned "Evita" because he is financially invested in the play.