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Tebow’s playing time triggers $472,500 bonus


The Broncos fired Josh McDaniels one year and one day ago.

It’s incredible how much the organization has changed since then, with McDaniels’ prized pupil and draft pick Tim Tebow leading the way.

Tebow’s ascension to the starting job has earned him quite a bit of money. Mike Klis of the Denver Post notes that Tebow triggered a one-time bonus in his rookie contract by reaching a playing time threshold this year. The Broncos will pay Tebow $472,500 for playing at least 45% of the team’s snaps this year.

It’s not a huge surprise that Tebow reached that incentive. The fact that Tebow now looks likely to take even more snaps behind center in 2012 for the Broncos has taken a lot of us by surprise.  Including some of his bosses.

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60 Responses to “Tebow’s playing time triggers $472,500 bonus”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 6, 2011 12:32 PM

    No wonder they didn’t want to play him. 🙂

  2. medtxpack says: Dec 6, 2011 12:33 PM

    yall missed the Tebow quote where he thanks God for his playing time, contract and team.

  3. rogerbrad says: Dec 6, 2011 12:33 PM

    Is Elway signing this check??? HA HA HA

  4. buckhuckster says: Dec 6, 2011 12:34 PM


  5. lonespeed says: Dec 6, 2011 12:35 PM

    Given the attention now on the franchise and the success in the win column, like him or hate him….I’d say it was money well earned.

  6. notsosmartski says: Dec 6, 2011 12:37 PM

    Does anyone remember if Elway made those faces back in his day? I mean did he make those same faces that he does when the team does great back in his day under different circumstances? And BTW, I think the faces he makes is not only against Tebow, I think he makes faces because this team is doing so good, all ten offensive players plus Tebow plus the defensive players plus special teams plus plus plus.

  7. trollhammer20 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:37 PM

    With a tithe of ten percent, some lucky church is going to make $47, 250.

  8. kenny328usa says: Dec 6, 2011 12:37 PM

    “The fact that Tebow now looks likely to take even more snaps behind center in 2012 for the Broncos has taken a lot of us by surprise.” No way Elway is the angriest guy in Denver since the streak started. He’ll find a reason to get rid of him. And I hope he comes to the eagles we’ll take him.

  9. theseekeroffun says: Dec 6, 2011 12:37 PM

    Good for Tebow.

  10. kmart0319 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:37 PM

    His church is happy too for their 10%…

  11. vegaskid21 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:38 PM

    Some church is going to be very happy. $$$$$

  12. billybats says: Dec 6, 2011 12:40 PM

    An absolute steal for the Broncos.

    “Playoffs? Talk about Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs?”

    Pay the man.

  13. roddytorock84 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:40 PM

    Does anyone care??

  14. seatownballers says: Dec 6, 2011 12:41 PM

    He earned it! Im not a fan of his, but his style cant be knocked any longer.

  15. gojags says: Dec 6, 2011 12:41 PM

    I love to watch the last Denver drive in the 4th Qtr (especially when they are trialing by 3 points) and when Tebow Plays. He is the best clutch player ever if you take the first few starts of any player.

    You can all say anything negative on this kid. He has the heart of the champion.

    I only wish he improves as a QB and wins a few super bowl rings.

  16. dayumyou says: Dec 6, 2011 12:42 PM

    yea he was all of 10 for 15 in this last game against the Vikings….good god when will he play a REAL defense who will end this little experiment…not a hater but c’mon man enough is enough!!!

  17. El Capitan says: Dec 6, 2011 12:43 PM


  18. test2402 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:44 PM

    Tim Tebow stories are the best.

  19. bspurloc says: Dec 6, 2011 12:44 PM


    ok who to we blame this on? the defense!!!!
    too bad the defense didnt do this for Orton.

  20. dannyreneau says: Dec 6, 2011 12:45 PM

    Its kinda nice to know that a chunk of that $472 grand will probably end up going to an orphanage or something like that.

  21. tatatoothy says: Dec 6, 2011 12:46 PM

    In related news, Tim Tebow has just donated $472,500 to his charity The Tim Tebow Foundation.

    Love this guy!

  22. up2highhell says: Dec 6, 2011 12:46 PM

    Tebow doesn’t care about money. He is living in abundance.

  23. j0esixpack says: Dec 6, 2011 12:47 PM

    It’s funny how so many in Denver were throwing McDaniels under the bus for drafting Tebow

    Now its fans in every other NFL town who are sick of Tebowmania grumbling about McDaniels.

  24. fmlizard says: Dec 6, 2011 12:49 PM

    The Broncos win in spite of Tebow, generally speaking. And, it ought to continue, given that 3 of their last 4 are against the backsliding Bears, Chiefs, and Bills. The Bronco defense ought to keep the bar for winning at 13+ points against each of those beat up teams.

    The 4th on that list is New England. And Belichick is currently watching game film and giggling quietly into his hoodie and counting down the days until that one.

  25. mrplow3 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:49 PM

    Good for him, he’s earned every penny.

    More than I can say for that overpaid slob Mcnabb who pocketed over a million bucks for being fired by the Vikings. Not counting all the money he stole firing worm ball after worm ball this season.

  26. ravenspit says: Dec 6, 2011 12:50 PM

    $472K-that will buy a lot of Bibles. You go Tim-show the doubters.

  27. 1captain1 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:58 PM

    He’ll give it to some charity…

    Me, I’d buy a flat screen, waffles and hos to pour syrup on them.

    Tebow is a better person and football player than the rest of us on here.

  28. drshakedown74 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:01 PM

    Chump change

  29. imopen7 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:07 PM

    the Lord will provide…I guess Elway is god.

  30. watermelon1 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:07 PM

    Bling Bling!

  31. mazenblue says: Dec 6, 2011 1:09 PM

    Good for you Tebow!! I wanna thank god for this opportunity to post a comment on PFT. Without him this site would not exist and I would not be blessed with this fortunate chance to comment.

  32. myspaceyourface says: Dec 6, 2011 1:10 PM

    Orton passed for 300 + yards and the team was 1-4

    Tebow passes for 150+ yards and the team is 5-1

  33. fwippel says: Dec 6, 2011 1:10 PM

    I wonder how much money Merril Hoge makes as an ESPN ‘analyst’. Probably not that much.

  34. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 6, 2011 1:15 PM

    Have a million tebucks will buy a lot of tebibles.

    Good for him; he earned it.

  35. jakek2 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:16 PM

    I must admit. I’ve completely transformed from being a hater to really pulling for this kid. I really hope that Denver sticks by him when he goes through his inevitable growing pains. The biggest statement they can make is drafting a WR in the first round instead of another QB.

  36. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 6, 2011 1:17 PM

    And by the way, someone tell Elway to stay OFF the sideline, he ain’t Jerry Jones, and he should speak to the media as much as other GM’s do- rarely. Very rarely.

  37. 7pints says: Dec 6, 2011 1:22 PM

    I’m not a heavily religious person myself, but damn the Jesus and God jokes are getting old. And very few were funny to begin with.

  38. sundog05 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:31 PM

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Tebow, that whoever believes in him shall not fumble but have eternal victory.” Tebow 3:16

    Go Tebow!

  39. vanmorrissey says: Dec 6, 2011 1:36 PM

    Truthfully I don’t think TT cares all that much about the money, he’s not driven by it. It’s nice to have, he can help a lot of people with it and I’m sure he will, but he cares about his teammates, his team, his peformance, not his pay directly. Just a good human being.

  40. mediasloppy says: Dec 6, 2011 1:39 PM

    He better take a large portion of that money and buy some VERY nice gifts for his teams defense!

  41. Nevis says: Dec 6, 2011 1:41 PM

    I am less interested in how this season plays out (Broncos will go home at some point), but a lot more interested in the offseason and how Elway/Fox handle their QB situation.

  42. ruckthefaiders says: Dec 6, 2011 1:44 PM

    @jakek2>>>> Is that you Plummer???

  43. boilerup1869 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:02 PM

    I heard tebow texted all his friends that he’s going to take that bonus and throw a huge party with hookers and cocaine in las vegas

  44. 4thandnone says: Dec 6, 2011 2:07 PM

    Meanwhile, McNabb is getting another $1.5 Million from MN for taking 0.0 snaps the rest of the year. Sounds like Tebow got a raw deal to me.

  45. marima07 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:08 PM

    Finally someone mentions Josh McDaniels, who was ridiculed for drafting Tebow. Remember? McDaniels vision turns successful and now John Fox and John Elway, who didn’t even want him, are getting credit for playing him. Yeesh.

    Unfortunately for McDaniels, the Broncos organization hired him but didn’t hire anyone else with the necessary NFL experience to help him out as a young first-time head coach. McDaniels wasn’t given any time to either grow into his position or make any mistakes, and was unceremoniously run out of town by the publicity-sensitive owner.

  46. autumnwind999 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:12 PM

    Chicago, New England, @Buffalo

    Denver will lose three straight. Book it.

  47. 7pints says: Dec 6, 2011 2:30 PM

    autumnwind999 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 2:12 PM
    Chicago, New England, @Buffalo

    Denver will lose three straight. Book it.


    Another pathetic Jokeland fan clinging to their
    delusions! lol

  48. ruckthefaiders says: Dec 6, 2011 2:48 PM

    @autumnwind999 …..uhhhh…nope…not like you were going to leave mommies basement anyways but January will be familiar for u….playoff-less!

  49. wegohardinthepaint says: Dec 6, 2011 2:51 PM

    He may not make as many plays as everyone else, but he certainly makes the ones he has to.

  50. no1billsfan says: Dec 6, 2011 3:04 PM

    Good for Tebow! Sure wish my Bills picked him over Spiller…

  51. almighty1 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:13 PM

    Thats another $47,250.00 for the church! Cha ching!

  52. boombabymac says: Dec 6, 2011 3:16 PM


    In regards to playing against a real defense. Since Tebow the Broncs have faced the #7 Jets, #12 Chargers, #13 Detroit, #15 Miami, #16 KC, #19 Minnisota, and #26 Oakland.

    The Denver D is rated #24. (Source is NFL.COM)

    The Tebow oriented offense causes problems with pocket-passer oriented defenses. Which are ostensibly geared around quickly collapsing the pocket while a mix, depending on the package, of linebackers or DB’s interupt the dink pass. QB’s like Newton, Vick and Tebow directly challange that.

    I’m curious if more OC’s will see the true value in mobile QB’s. . .

  53. boombabymac says: Dec 6, 2011 3:20 PM

    Forgot; the Pats are rated the #32 defense. The next two weeks will be very interesting for the Broncos.

  54. steveintennessee says: Dec 6, 2011 3:21 PM

    Jets, Chargers, Vikes….losses book it. Freaking LMAO…..remember reading that over 3 weeks ago…and what happened. Bears go down…Chiefs and Bills go down. Pats coach is behind closed doors saying to his staff….”we have never played against a guy like this, better get out the camcorders and head to some games”

  55. Topher says: Dec 6, 2011 3:54 PM

    First I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Then I would like to send my love to my wife and children who make my life possible. Now I would like to express my love for the United States of America.

    Now that I have my three priorities in life in the correct order I am prepared to give an honest and insightful comment on Tim Tebow…

  56. thetruth619 says: Dec 6, 2011 4:14 PM

    He should give it to the coaching staff that had to implement an offense that an armless QB could excel in. Fox deserves coach of the year for this! For an encore maybe he can find a RB with no ability to run and see what he can do with that.

    Keep winning Donkeys, it may keep you from drafting a real QB. Wildcat part two obviously won’t last.

  57. ewill27 says: Dec 6, 2011 4:24 PM

    all haters with names starting with G – M your crow is now ready, chow down

  58. n0hopeleft says: Dec 6, 2011 4:39 PM

    worth every penny

  59. sullijo1 says: Dec 6, 2011 6:13 PM

    Ummm, what happens if Tebow improves further as a passer? I’m not betting against it.

  60. stopthehate15bowdown says: Dec 7, 2011 12:35 AM

    Tebow should use the money to buy Merril Hoge put him on his shoulder like one of those trick monkeys and walk around the ESPN offices in one of their commercials.

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