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Brady Quinn apologizes to Tim Tebow for remarks in GQ article | NFL

Brady Quinn is apologizing to Tim Tebow for unfavorable comments Quinn made about the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback in a GQ article.

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DENVER — Brady Quinn is apologizing to Tim Tebow for unfavorable comments Quinn made about the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback in a GQ magazine article.

The article on Tebowmania was written by Michael Silver and titled "The year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time."

In it, Quinn was quoted as saying, "We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply."

Quinn also said he felt fans were the reason Tebow leapfrogged him on the depth chart when supplanting Kyle Orton as the starter after a 1-4 start.

"I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that," Quinn said in the article. "Just 'cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I don't have any billboards. That would have been nice."

Quinn also said in the article the way Tebow expresses his faith doesn't "seem very humble to me." Both men are Christians.

Quinn took to Twitter after the article's release Tuesday, saying the comments attributed to him do not reflect his opinion of Tebow or other Denver players.

Tebow "deserves a lot of credit for our success and I'm happy for him and what he accomplished. Most importantly, he is a great teammate," Quinn wrote.

Quinn said he has reached out to Tebow directly "to clear this up," adding, "I apologize to anyone who feels I was trying to take anything away from our team's or Tim's success this season."

Quinn is an unrestricted free agent whom the Broncos are considering bringing back to Denver.

He was Orton's primary backup when the season started. But when Orton struggled, the Broncos' brain trust wanted to see what it had in Tebow, a 2010 first-round draft pick from Florida who made more than $7 million last season, including a big bonus that was paid before the season.

Tebow won seven of his first eight starts and produced a series of stirring fourth-quarter comebacks that made up for his poor passing and messy mechanics.

With Tebow at quarterback, the Broncos reached the playoffs for the first time since 2005, and they won their first game, against Pittsburgh, when Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an electrifying 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime.


• Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, 31, has agreed to restructure his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jenkins signed a $25 million, five-year contract last offseason and contributed 5.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and 61 total tackles in his first season with Philadelphia.

Jenkins spent his first seven seasons with Green Bay.

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