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Cover Two with Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos

By Dave Bruning

Denver Bronco fans can breathe easy. Tim Tebow, the Broncos first round draft pick and projected quarterback of the future, avoided a potential holdout and reached an agreement with Jockey underwear. Tebow is set to endorse Jockey for the foreseeable future. While terms were not immediately available, Tebow is pleased with the pairing and feels quite secure. On a personal note, my endorsement deal with Fruit of the Loom is set to expire and I am willing to take my talents to South Beach.

On to more serious matters…

Tebow did actually reach a contract agreement with the Broncos. It is a 5-year contract worth $11.25 million, with $8.7 million guaranteed. Tebow was drafted 25th overall. His contract represents an 18.5 percent increase over last year’s 25th pick, cornerback Vontae Davis of the Miami Dolphins. Tebow missed the first three workouts for rookies, but will be ready to go when training camp officially begins. Tebow’s every move will be monitored and chronicled, and avoiding a protracted holdout bodes well for the start of his professional career.

The Broncos storyline that is bigger than Tebow (I know, it’s hard to believe) is the overwhelming number of injuries the team has sustained during the early part of training camp. Denver’s top two running backs, Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter, went down on the first day of training camp. Moreno has a troublesome hamstring and Buckhalter is dealing with a bad back. These two players seem to spend more time in the Broncos training room than they do in the backfield. LenDale White and Justin Fargas have been signed to add depth to the roster.

Perhaps the biggest injury is the torn pectoral muscle suffered by sack specialist Elvis Dumervil. Elvis did not leave the building, but it is quite possible Dumervil will miss the entire upcoming season. His injury occurred not long after agreeing to a $61.5 million extension through 2015. $43 million of the contract is guaranteed. The leading replacement for Dumervil, Jarvis Moss, suffered a broken hand and will miss preseason time but is expected to be ready for the regular season.

DeMaryius Thomas was drafted to replace Brandon Marshall. Thomas was showing flashes of brilliance in training camp before aggravating scar tissue in his previously broken left foot. Denver is optimistic but cautious about his return. Fellow rookie WR Eric Decker also injured his lower leg and will miss practice time.

Let’s not forget the injury to the Broncos’ best offensive lineman. Left tackle Ryan Clady tore the patellar tendon in his left knee while playing basketball in the offseason. Optimistic projections have Clady out for three months although six months is more realistic. It remains to be seen how much, if any, Clady will play this year.

Injuries and turnovers are the two wild cards for every NFL team. Limiting both is an essential part of NFL success. Preseason injuries have hit the Broncos hard. Only Clady and Dumervil appear to be question marks for the season. This storyline and the continual development of Tebow will make Denver intriguing to follow.

2 comments:

  1. Dumerville and Clady are the Broncs best players on offense and defense respectively. The injury to Clady is being undersold as they tend to take longer to heal the larger you are. In the face of this I would like to see Denver get Tebow into the mix sooner than later (a la Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan) P.S. he can get out of trouble a heck of a lot faster than Orton and without Clady they might need that quality in a QB.

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  2. I think that all depends on how the organization really sees Tebow. If they think he is the future featured QB he should get to start sooner than he would have and if he doesn't I think we will see him riding the pine a first year QB arguably should.

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