So what are the Patriots’ plans for Tebow? The details aren’t clear, but the details of his contract could provide some clues.
Chances are he’ll get a one-year deal for the fourth-year minimum, since no other team was clamoring for his services. If that’s the case, it’ll br a low-risk proposition for the Patriots, who can simply cut him if he stinks.
If the Patriots give him a signing bonus or any guaranteed money, the message will be that they expect him to make it to the 53-man roster.
Still, anything more than the minimum is more than the Pats needed to spend. And it surely wouldn’t be the way Tom Brady would have expected the team to spend the cap dollars that his Tommy took less! deal created.