Tim Tebow expected to sign with Eagles
Tim Tebow hasn't thrown a regular-season pass since 2012, but the former Broncos and Jets quarterback will apparently get another — and perhaps final — chance to prove he belongs in the NFL.
Tebow is expected to sign with the Eagles on Monday, according to a FoxSports report. Tebow last got a shot to play in the NFL in the 2013 preseason, but he was released on the final roster cut by the Patriots. The Eagles did not immediately confirm the report.
The 27-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner was a first-round pick of the Broncos in 2010 and led Denver to a playoff victory over the Steelers in 2011 after replacing an ineffective Kyle Orton early in the regular season.
Broncos director of football operations John Elway traded Tebow to the Jets shortly after Denver signed Peyton Manning to a free-agent contract in 2012. Tebow was signed as a backup to Mark Sanchez, who is now with the Eagles after being re-signed to a two-year contract in March.
Sanchez backed up Nick Foles last year, and is now expected to back up Sam Bradford, who was acquired by the Eagles in a trade with the Rams for Foles. Tebow is expected to compete with Matt Barkley, a second-round pick in 2013.
Tebow worked out for the Eagles on March 16 but wasn't signed. Eagles coach Chip Kelly was coy about his intentions with Tebow, expressing uncertainty at last month's NFL owners meetings about whether Tebow would join the Eagles.
Tebow has worked with noted quarterback coach Tom House, a former major-league pitcher who has tutored four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady.
Tebow, who served as an ESPN college analyst last season, was a part of two national championship teams at Florida under head coach Urban Meyer. He became the Gators' starter in 2007 and went on to become the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. He played two more seasons at Florida before being drafted in the first round by the Broncos, who were coached at the time by Josh McDaniels. The Broncos fired McDaniels after Tebow's first season in Denver.