Tim Tebow may be suddenly back in the NFL, but he could be out the revolving door just as swiftly.
The 27-year-old’s new one-year $600,000 contract with the Philadelphia Eagles includes no guarantees. USA Today reports that the deal, which represents the minimum for a three-year veteran like Tebow, does not include a signing bonus or other guaranteed money. The Christian quarterback will have to fight for a place on the roster with Matt Barkley and G. J. Kinne behind starter Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, who is expected to be Bradford’s backup.
At $38,824 a week for the 2015 regular season Tebow won’t be hurting, but if he doesn’t make the regular season roster, he will only grab a paycheck standard for someone who fails to make the team, including $195 for every day in offseason workouts and $1,800 a week for training camp. If Tebow gets hurt and is placed on injured reserve, his salary would be cut to $388,000.
This past off-season, Tebow worked out with Tom House, Patriots’ QB Tom Brady’s guru. House attested:
He still does what he’s always done with his throwing arm. We just fixed the front side and gave him a better posture to do it and made him time it better … We allowed him to understand why the ball goes right or left, why the ball goes high or low and how to spin the ball and how to physically prepare from feet to fingertips and to take it out and make the dynamic movement work for you and not against you. Does the term muscle-head make sense? He muscled everything. He can muscle it when he needs it, but now he’s got kinematic sequencing. He’s muscled down for efficiency.
Tebow’s last effort in the NFL came when he was cut from the 2013 New England Patriots after training camp. He rode the pine in New York as Mark Sanchez’s backup. As a rookie with the Denver Broncos, Tebow got $8.45 million guaranteed. In 2011, his most successful season, Tebow led the Broncos to the playoffs. They won their first round game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime before falling hard to the Patriots in New England.