Broncos training camp opens today, and you can guarantee that Tim Tebow's contract status will be one of the top sports storylines of the day.
Nevermind that it would be overblown: That Tebow's rep -- burnished as recently as yesterday by the Jockey endorsement deal -- is far too strong to get stained by a few days' of holdout.
Still: It's that word -- "holdout." Fans don't like it. The media pounces on it. Coaches know it sets back precious development time. I'm sure players don't like it much either.
You know that Tebow wants nothing more than to get out there and contribute. It's why his new teammates love him and why he continues to win over new fans.
Nevermind the perception issues related to not signing a deal; it must be bothering him that he might not be out there for the first day of practice, of just being on the field, competing.
That -- along with what appears to be fairly controversy-free contract numbers (roughly 5Y/$12M with $8M guaranteed) -- is why I ultimately think he signs today and gets out there.
If he doesn't, get ready for a whole lot of breathless "Tebow holds out!" storylines, about how it is tainting his pristine reputation. It's sensationalistic, but just know it's coming.
It is frustrating -- to everyone -- that NFL rookie hold-outs end up being mostly useless posturing; they all end up signing, usually within a few days.
Camp kicks off for the Broncos today. And for Tebow? Today, tomorrow, Friday... ultimately, very very very soon.