Sports gambling expectations may not be big for the Denver Broncos and Tebow is not expected to be a starter but he could be an online sports gambling factor later in 2010.
Denver’s second of two number one draft picks in this year’s draft signed a 5-year contract worth $11.25 million with a guarantee of $8.7 million along with performance incentives that could kick that up to $33 million.
The Broncos began training camp with Kyle Orton listed as the number one quarterback on the depth chart. Orton led Denver to a surprising 6-0 start last year before the Broncos collapsed and finished with a football betting record of 8-8 as they missed what had seemed like a certain playoff spot.
The Broncos other number one choice, receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was picked 3 spots ahead of Tebow, remains unsigned.
Tebow has brought a level of excitement and anticipation to Denver that hasn’t been seen since John Elway’s arrival in 1983. Tebow’s jersey was already the best seller in the league before camp even opened as he is being seen and touted as a new face for the franchise.
Tebow is different from Elway, the Broncos legendary hall of fame quarterback, in that he is not a pure passer with a rocket arm. He is known for his athleticism and his phenomenal work ethic and that is what makes him so popular with fans.
Tebow should see plenty of action with the NFL preseason odds during August and is expected to be a legitimate threat from the famed “wildcat” formation, which plays better to his ability as a runner, much like Michael Vick. Denver likes to refer to the “wildcat” as the “Wild Horse.”
Brady Quinn is also in camp for Denver as he and Tebow are likely to battle for the second string spot behind Orton.
Denver coaches will want Tebow to run during exhibition games to test his ability.
Tebow has also made sports gambling news for his other big deal as the official spokesman for jockey underwear, which will spark some kidding from teammates and catcalls from fans.
Head coach Josh McDaniels likes Tebow’s toughness.
“I think that’s part of his demeanor,” said McDaniels. “I think that is also part of what he brings to your football team.”