BOSTON (CBS) – It’s official: Tim Tebow is a member of the New England Patriots.
The team announced the signing Tuesday morning, just ahead of the start of their mandatory minicamp at Gillette Stadium.
Terms of the contract were not announced, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting it’s a two-year deal with no guaranteed money.
It’s not known exactly how the Patriots will use the 25-year-old Tebow, though reports say he will be listed as the team’s third quarterback and will also get some run with the tight ends.
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A veteran of three NFL seasons, Tebow has played in 35 NFL games — including 16 starts. He has completed 173 of 361 pass attempts for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns over his career, getting it done with his legs as well, rushing for 989 yards on 197 attempts and 12 touchdowns.
Originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010 (selected by now-Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels), Tebow had his best season in Denver in 2011 when he led the Broncos to the playoffs. He started 11 of his 14 games, passing for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for another 660 yards and six scores. He started both of the Broncos playoff games that season, throwing for 452 yards and two touchdowns.
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After John Elway took over in Denver, Tebow was traded to the Jets on March 21, 2012 in exchange for a fourth and sixth-round draft selections in the 2012 NFL Draft. After an uneventful season, mostly spent on the New York bench, Tebow was released on April 29, 2013.
Now he finds himself teamed up with Bill Belichick and his first NFL coach Josh McDaniels. Tebow is expected to participate in New England’s minicamp over the next three days at Gillette Stadium.
Belichick is scheduled to address the media at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Stayed tuned for anything Tebow-related from Gillette.