By Jeff Cutler: Quarterback Tim Tebow has an opportunity, such as it is, to make $2 million in playing incentives with New England Patriots team if he can get on the field and play enough to earn them, according to usatoday.com. That’s a big IF because as of now, Tebow is competing just to make the team as a 3rd string player.
Tebow will be paid a base salary of $630,000 this season. The way he can bump that up to $2 million is if Tebow is on the field for 80 percent of the offensive plays. The likelihood of that happening is very slim at best. The Patriots already have a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback Tom Brady as their starter, and they have an incredibly good backup in Ryan Mallett as their #2 quarterback.
Mallett is being groomed as Brady’s eventual replacement, and he’s more than good enough to start on a lot of teams due his ability to throw deep with accuracy. Mallet has a very strong arm and he’s like Joe Flacco 2.0. Tebow is a good player, but Mallett is pretty special and it’s difficult to imagine seeing Tebow beat this guy out for the #2 spot on the Patriots team.
That’s pretty much the only real chance that Tebow has in getting 80% of the snaps this year is to outplay Mallett for the #2 quarterback spot and then maybe get lucky with Brady suffering a bad injury to get a shot at the starter job.
There’s been talk of Tebow learning the tight end position, because the Patriots have a brittle starting tight end in Rob Gronkowski, who is still nursing a broken left forearm that he injured in November of last year.
If Tebow can learn how to play tight end there’s a chance he could get a shot at coming in and playing tight end if Gronkowski continues with in injury problems, but that’s something that will have to be worked out. Tebow will have to show some athleticism for him to learn the tight end position and play well enough in the preseason games to get playing time this season.