Re: New take on Tebow
posted at 6/12/2013 12:36 PM EDT
New England Patriots: Pick Six Jun 11th, 2013 at 8:54 pm by
With so much going on in New England with the Patriots kicking off mandatory mini-camp with all things Tim Tebow, a review of all the news with analysis is necessary. The Patriots Pick Six will succinctly address six key points in a quick-hit style.
Jun 11, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; The media surround New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow following Minicamp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
1. With all the Tebow-mania and hysteria over the past 24 hours with the signing of controversial quarterback Tim Tebow by the New England Patriots, two important questions that come to mind are “Does he have practice squad eligibility?” and “Is there any guaranteed money (salary cap hit) with his contract?”
Unfortunately, based upon games played and time on active roster per the NFL rules, the Patriots do not have the option of stashing quarterback Tim Tebow on the practice squad. This is unfortunate for the Patriots and Tebow, as that would be the best spot for him at this time. The Patriots would have to carry him on the 53 man roster in order to keep him around and work with Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Reports from the Associated Press seen this morning indicate that the two-year deal Tebow inked with the Patriots is for the veteran’s minimum with incentives, but no bonus money. In essence, he is a risk-free signing in terms of salary cap impact. The Patriots can release him at any time and suffer no adverse effects to their cap. The risk then, becomes the resultant media circus, but Tebow must be motivated to fall in line and limit self-promotion, and no one shuts down the locker room like coach Bill Belichick.