All week, Broncos Nation has been speculating about the right amount to pay new messiah Tebow -- and reports that the agreement would be in the range of $12 million over five years, with around $8 million of that guaranteed didn't seem out of proportion. Yet the deal didn't get done before Broncos rookies were required to report, making Tebow semi-officially a holdout.
According to the Denver Post, the sticking point was allegedly a few hundred thousand dollars -- stupid on the Broncos' part, if true. In the end, though, a bargain was struck, with the overall pact being somewhat less than expected ($11.25 million), although there was a bit more guaranteed money ($8.7 million).
This balance demonstrates smart thinking by the Tebow braintrust. If he becomes a starter soon, and if he excels, the contract will have to be renegotiated long before its expiration, with Tebow deservedly earning bank for his performance. And if he's a bust, or spends years only coming in on goal-line Wild Horse plays, he'll have the solace of more up-front cash.
Crazy? Not at all. If you want crazy, wait until Tebow runs on the field for the first time at the official opening of training camp on Sunday before what should be a record-setting throng.
Our forecast: multiple, small orgasms.