The 49ers inquired about Mike Wallace but ...
How much? A league source said that Wallace, 25, wants a contract that surpasses the eight-year, $120 million deal that Larry Fitzgerald signed last year with the Cardinals. Combine that with the first-round pick any team that signs Wallace to an offer sheet would lose if the Steelers didn’t match the offer, and you start to understand why we’ve heard so little about Wallace in the last week and a half.
Yeah, never mind.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! What a day for the Broncos and the NFL, and where to start? Suppose we should go in chronological order, because my head is still spinning.
Roger Goodell lowered the boom on the Saints, whose SB 44 win will be forever tarnished by their bounty scandal: the Commish fined the team and took away two second-rounders, suspended Mickey Loomis (eight games), Sean Payton (the entire 2012 season), Gregg Williams (indefinitely), and Joe Vitt (six games); more to come once the league finishes investigating individual players.
Williams issued another apology; Drew Brees is stunned by the developments, but he now has a truckload of leverage in his contract negotiations with the team. NFLN's Warren Sapp unleashed his big, fat
mouth fingers on Twitter, accusing Jeremy Shockey of being the "snitch" who blew the whistle on the institutionalized head hunting. Of course, we're still talking about something that's likely always been a part of the league's culture. But this heavy punishment was not just about injuring players - it was Goodell reminding everyone who's boss - and the Saints will be feeling the pain all year long.
In his press conference tonight with the New York media, Tim Tebow once again took the road less traveled.
That's because no one takes the high road any longer.
He thanked his fans in Denver, spoke highly of his new coaches and teammates, and reaffirmed his commitment to being a team player--even if it meant sitting behind Mark Sanchez and playing in wildcat packages. He also reaffirmed his commitment to working hard and improving as a quarterback. Simply put, he was typically Tim Tebow.
As I listened to Tebow, I couldn't help but remember another former Broncos quarterback that left Denver after only a few seasons: Jay Cutler. Although blessed with twice the talent, Cutler was half the man on his way out of town. Pouting was his brush; sulking his paint; melancholy his work of art. Tebow would have none of this silliness. It's beneath him. He wouldn't waste his energy on such trivial things.
There's another key difference between Cutler and Tebow, and it's this: Tebow will forever be etched in Broncos lore. No matter what happens during his time in the league, he joins a list that we all hold dear. This list includes Craig Morton, John Elway, Brian Griese, and Jake Plummer. What do they have in common? All of them have taken the Denver Broncos to the playoffs.
Why are the Broncos getting rid of Tebow? Because they signed Peyton Manning, and he’s the only (available) quarterback that could have displaced Tebow, and Elway et al. feel they can win the Super Bowl soon with Manning, probably not with Tebow.
Why did they not keep Tebow as the backup now and the starter in the future? Because it wouldn’t have worked. Tebow wouldn’t get the necessary work in practices or games to help his development as a passer.
Why didn’t the Broncos move him to another position or use him as a Wildcat? Because Tebow has been told his whole life he couldn’t be a quarterback, and he is determined to be a long-term starting quarterback in pro football. He wouldn’t move.
Why did John Elway say Tebow would be the starter in training camp if he didn’t mean it? Because Elway didn’t realize then there would be a chance at Manning. The sincere intention by the Broncos was to play Tebow next season.
Why did the Broncos think Tebow couldn’t become a great passer? Because of his flawed throwing mechanics and footwork.
Got to hand it to Woody. He's taking the trade with a measured sense of perspective.
Contrary to previous reports, the Broncos did what was in their self interest as an organization.
Vic Lombardi reports:
NEWS: I can confirm the Jets offered the better draft picks. The Jags package was less attractive. The Broncos chose the Jets.
Mike Klis confirmed this:
Jags offered same $2.53 million rebate as Jets. No more. Difference was Jets gave 6th to Broncos in return for 7th. A 40-plus move up.
Lombardi also confirmed that neither Tebow nor his brother Robby had any input into the trade.
Adam Schefter is reporting on ESPN that the Broncos and Jets have again agreed to a deal that will send Tim Tebow and a seventh-rounder from Denver to New Jersey in return for a fourth- and sixth-rounder. The Jets had announced the same trade earlier in the day but had not yet read the details of the quarterback's contract; at issue was the $6,277,500 guarantee Denver had paid Tebow last summer.
$5,036,250 of that figure covered Tebow's 2012-2014 salaries, and as is customary with such advances, any team acquiring Tebow would owe the Broncos a refund on the salary already paid but not yet earned. Instead, the Jets and Broncos have agreed to split the difference, meaning the Jets will be sending Denver about $2.5M to complete the deal.
According to Schefter, the Jaguars had jumped back into the bidding after the initial deal fell through, and were willing to pay most or all of that $5,036,250 figure. Schefter reports that Tebow ended up having some input into where he landed, and he chose the Jets, despite wide assumptions he preferred to go home to Florida.
According to Jason Cole, the Broncos have signed former Bengals WR Andre 'Bubba' Caldwell (6-0, 190) to a two-year deal. Caldwell, who was drafted by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2008 Draft, has 124 catches for 1,172 yards and six touchdowns in 51 career games, 14 of them starts; he turns 27 next month.
Per Vic Lombardi:
Twitter has turned this job into verbal sportstalk radio. I love it. Still waiting on Tebow. Sounds like Jets are trying to make it work.
More to follow. Not sure if Vic is 95% sure the Jets are trying.
Denver and Jets have encountered hangup in language in Tim Tebow's contract that could nullify trade. If the Tebow trade to Jets falls apart, St. Louis could wind up getting back into play. Sides sorting through details. Tim Tebow has $5 million worth of recapture language, meaning Jets would have to pay back money to Denver. Jets might be unwilling. Complex. The same money issues in Tim Tebow's contract caused complications for Jacksonville trying to complete trade. Now Jets facing them.
This is a surprising development, especially since Tebow and Jets coach Rex Ryan share the same agent, Jimmy Sexton.
Tebow Broncos' finalist for Madden cover
The AFC West (three of the four teams at least) representatives for the Madden ’13 cover chase have been announced.
The four players who survived the intra-team play-in round are: Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe, Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski, San Diego’s Antonio Gates and … Tim Tebow of Denver.
As the world awaits to see whether Tim Tebow will be a member of the New York Jets, one thing is certain---he won't be a member of the Denver Broncos. This makes his besting of Von Miller in the first round of the 2012 Madden Cover Tournament all the more interesting. Von is gone; Tebow won't be a Bronco. This ensures the Madden Curse misses Denver for the upcoming season--if you believe in such things.