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Monday, January 9, 2012
Source: Tim Tebow earns $250K bonus

By Adam Schefter
ESPN

The Denver Broncos' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday turned into a nice payoff for quarterback Tim Tebow in more ways than one.

Tebow has an escalator of $250,000 in his contract for each playoff victory assuming he participated in at least 70 percent of Denver's plays during the requisite season, according to an NFL source.

Being that he played 73 percent of Denver's plays this season, Tebow cashed in on a quarter-million salary escalator after his latest shocker -- an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime Sunday to beat Pittsburgh 29-23 in the wild-card playoffs.

The play, according to Twitter, spawned a record 9,420 tweets per second.

Tebow could earn another $250,000 with another victory Saturday night at New England against the Patriots in a divisional-round game.

Denver's victory, meanwhile, altered offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's immediate itinerary.

McCoy was scheduled to interview in Jacksonville on Monday for the Jaguars' head coaching job if Denver had lost Sunday, according to an NFL source.

The interview will have to be rescheduled. McCoy is allowed to talk with the Jaguars this week, but it will be challenging with the Broncos' short week of preparation for Saturday's game.

Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.