NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There will in fact be Tebow Time in the NFL in 2013.
But as we all know, it won’t be in East Rutherford.
The former first-round pick will sign with the … wait for it … New England Patriots, according to WBZ in Boston. The move comes on the heels of the reigning AFC East champions releasing backup quarterback Mike Kafka.
The Pats expect Tim Tebow to be at minicamp by Tuesday.
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Sources told ESPN that New England is bringing the former Heisman Trophy winner into camp as a quarterback. Tebow will be reunited with Josh McDaniels in his new city. McDaniels, the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, drafted Tebow in 2009 as the head coach of the Broncos.
And though McDaniels clearly views Tebow as a signal caller, a source told CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman that the 6-foot-3, 236-pounder will be considered at tight end.
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In an odd twist to the story, Yahoo! Sports reported in early May that Patriots coach Bill Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player.
The coach refuted that report recently, telling ESPN, “Every single player has strengths and weaknesses. But regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”
The 25-year-old was cut by the Jets on April 29, two days after the NFL Draft came to a close.
As the offseason continued, pundits and even executives speculated that Tebow wouldn’t catch on with an NFL team for this upcoming season. He received offers from the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, the Omaha Beef of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League and the Orlando Predators of the Arena League. Even the Legends Football League — formerly the Lingerie Football League — wanted him to be a quarterbacks coach.
Used primarily as a personal punt protector on special teams, Tebow completed six of eight passes for 39 yards in 2012. He also rushed the ball 32 times for 102 yards. He never found the end zone in his lone season with the Jets.
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