Tim Tebow Scraps $1 Million Offer From Moscow TeamBy: Meaghan Ellis - September 22, 2013
Tim Tebow apparently has no intention of succumbing to the possibility of walking away from the NFL permanently. Unfortunately, no team has placed an offer on the table, welcoming him back to the gridiron. However, there was a recent proposal placed on the table. The only problem is that the team isn’t in the NFL, let alone in the United States.
According to CBS Sports, the Moscow Black Storm, a Russian football team, offered the waning quarterback an attractive offer that only required him to play 2 playoff games. Black Storm owner, Mikhail Zaltsman, informed CBS Connecticut, “We have offered him $1 million for two games. I talked with him personally, and he wanted to go. His agents are thinking of using him as a motivational speaker. They don’t want him to play football.” The Russian businessman and team owner went even further detail, discussing his tentative plans for the Heisman winning quarterback. He stated his interest in flying Tebow to Moscow to compete for the semifinals match-up between the Black Storm and the Moscow Patriots, as a means of establishing some type of rapport between the quarterback and the team in hopes of Tebow leading the team to a championship. Zaltsman also offered an evasive insinuation that if the two games went well, more money would eventually be offered to extend a position with more permanence.
But after almost a week of deliberation, Tebow’s agents allegedly took the reigns of the negotiations and as a result he nixed the offer. The decision was quite unprecedented considering Tebow’s base salary for the whole season with the Patriots wouldn’t have equated to the $1 million offer for the two-game proposal in Russia. But, the decision has been made.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Zaltsman issued a statement of response to the Russian News/Sports syndicate, “R-Rated,” in regards to Tebow’s decision to decline:
“Unfortunately agents of Tim Tebow turn down our proposal. I hope that it’s Tebow’s agents’ fault that the contract wasn’t signed and Tim couldn’t do anything about it. If it was his decision — it’s very upsetting. And in this case we don’t want him in our team anyway. We are looking for the people who pursue their dreams, not the ones who talk about it. Tebow’s agents were only prepared to allow him to come to Moscow as a motivational speaker and tell Russian fans about his dream to play football and about his suffering while he’s not playing.”
According to FanSided, rumors are circulating that the Jacksonville Jaguars are interested in Tebow. However, when fans staged a rally in Tebow’s support, only an estimated 20 supporters attended the ominous event. Although this season doesn’t look very optimistic for the quarterback to re-up, we can only hope that his career isn’t permanently through.
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