Originally Posted by J.B.
When a player is traded, his contract is transferred to the new team. Tebow still has 3 years left on his original 5 year rookie contract so when the Jets made the trade they took responsibility for the remaining 3 years. However, it's not uncommon for players to ask for an advance on their salary, and in this case the Broncos gave Tebow an advance of about 5 million dollars that he would have made over the next 3 seasons. In Tebow's case specifically, his contract clearly states that any advance in salary would have to be paid back to the team if he were traded or presumably cut from the team, but that's not always the case for every player. It can be a pretty complex issue to tackle because each player's contract can be structured differently in terms of base salary, guaranteed money, and performance incentives. All the reports I've heard tonight said that the Jets and Broncos came to terms where the Jets are only paying back about 2.5 million, instead the whole 5 million.
This is a bad move for the Jets in my opinion, and it seems to have a sense of being more PR related than anything. That's not to say it can't have a happy ending, but I wouldn't hold my breath. They just gave Mark Sanchez a bunch of guaranteed money, and he already took them to two AFC championships in his first 3 years. Sanchez had a tough season last year, and a lot of Jets fans already want to ship him out of town. Now, the first time Sanchez has a bad or even a mediocre game, it's gonna be Tebowmania all over again just like it was last season with Kyle Orton in Denver. All this talk about running the "wildcat" offense is nonsense because defenses are going to scheme for that, and there has never been a QB who has run his way to the Super Bowl. If there is a silver lining here it will most likely end up being that this actually lights a fire under Mark Sanchez and he steps up his playing. However, if the team starts off slow and "Tebowmania" starts running wild in NYC, it could end up being a major problem in a locker room that was already completely dysfunctional last season.
Thanks for explaining all that, JB.
You don't seem too fond of Tebow, is there a reason why? You don't think he can/will improve, become better, more consistent?
Given what you've said, it will be interesting to see how things play out for the Jets and Sanchez with Tebow added to the mix. I wonder how Tebow feels about everything that's happened since Peyton made his decision.