NFL Insider: Charean Williams’ five cents

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My five cents

1Tim Tebow, who played only 77 snaps for the New York Jets last season, appears finished as an NFL quarterback. He does not seem inclined to commit to trying another position, which might give him one last shot. Tebow, one of the most popular players in recent NFL history, could have a future in politics or public speaking.

2Two rookie quarterbacks will start this weekend. Both won by default. Geno Smith will start for the Jets after Mark Sanchez lost his job to a shoulder injury, and E.J. Manuel will start for the Buffalo Bills after Kevin Kolb went on injured reserve with a concussion. Smith and Manuel seem ill prepared for what awaits them after each played in only two preseason games because of injuries.

3Arizona will use cornerback Patrick Peterson for 10 or so offensive snaps. Peterson estimates he knows 60 of the Cardinals’ offensive plays. He also will continue to be used as a punt returner.

4Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers renegotiated his contract for the second time in 18 months. Peppers’ cap number this year is $14.4 million. It now is $18.2 million next year and $20.7 million in 2015. Thus, Peppers, who turns 34 in January, could be in his last season with the Bears.

5Matt Flynn signed a three-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 that guaranteed him $10 million, but he was beaten out by Russell Wilson. Wilson threw for 536 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another 150 and a touchdown as a rookie in four preseason games. This year, Flynn, whom the Oakland Raiders guaranteed $6.5 million, lost his job to Terrelle Pryor. Pryor completed 53.1 percent of his passes and had one touchdown and two interceptions in the preseason.

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