Tim Tebow: Denver Broncos' Problem with Taking Him in the First Round
Sure, starting quarterback Kyle Orton failed to receive a long-term commitment from the Denver Broncos.
He struggled down the stretch and battled an injury despite passing for 3,800 yards.
As a result, he and the Broncos agreed upon a $2.621 million tender as a restricted free agent. He was able to attend the entirety of the team's offseason program.
A few months ago, the Broncos traded Peyton Hillis, a sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and a conditional late-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns for Brady Quinn.
The former Notre Dame star desperately needed a change of scenery, he and will look to battle for playing time in his fourth season.
At this point, he remains second on the depth chart.
Then comes Tim Tebow.
Taken as the 25th pick in the NFL Draft, earlier than many predicted, he will more than likely start the season as the third-string quarterback.
Although that may be the case, his jersey was already atop the best-sellers list.
Denver made space for him by cutting ties with Chris Simms and Tom Brandstater.
Despite Tebow's own reassurance that he wouldn't miss practice, he did just that as his agent, Jimmy Sexton, worked out a contract with the Broncos.
Finally, it seems things have been settled with a five-year, $11-million deal. More than $8 million will be guaranteed.
ESPN has reported that the two-time BCS national champion could make as much as $33 million over the span.
How does that make sense for a quarterback who might see the field as much as Pat White did last season for the Miami Dolphins in the wildcat offense?
A player who needs to learn proper mechanics and the offensive system? He is already a step behind by missing the first three rookie workouts.
Instead of selecting Tebow in the first round, maybe the Broncos could've worked out a deal with Orton.
After all, he did have a career season in his first action with the Broncos, who had acquired him in a trade with the Chicago Bears for Pro Bowler Jay Cutler.
Through 16 games, Orton's 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions outperformed Cutler's 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
But rumors continue to swirl that Orton might be dealt sometime in the future to make room for a quarterback tandem in Quinn and Tebow.
This morning, Tebow was set to attend practice. It was the final one before training camp—and full pads—begins on Sunday.
Only time will tell if Denver regrets its decision.
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