We thought we had possibly seen the last of Tim Tebow. There’s no doubt some in the New York Jets organization believed the same thing.
It turns out the Jets may be seeing him twice a year.
That’s because their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots, are expected to sign Tebow and see him at minicamp on Tuesday, according to ESPN sources. The network’s Ed Werder couldn’t release details of Tebow’s contract, but he said the Patriots did bring Tebow aboard as a quarterback. Tebow is currently in line to compete for the No. 3 quarterback position after the team released their third-stringer Mike Kafka on Monday.
Kafka being let go by a team is the type of news you’d expect on a Monday during this time of year. Instead, the sports world got huge news, and the kind that’s drenched in irony:
Just when we thought no one wanted Tebow, he goes to the Patriots, arguably the best franchise in the NFL.
Just when we thought the Jets had ruined his career by not being creative enough to use his skillset, he can get redemption with a team that’s proven it is. Jets coach Rex Ryan made fans believe they’d use Tebow, but there’s little doubt that the man who drafted him — former Denver Broncos coach and current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels — has an actual package in mind, and maybe in place, in time for a Sept. 12 game against the Jets.
Then there’s the possibility that we get to see Tebow start anew in Foxborough Mass., the last time we saw him as a starting quarterback.
Irony aside, Tebow obviously won’t be a starting quarterback in New England. In fact, even a roster spot isn’t assured as the Patriots only kept two QBs on their 53-man roster last year. Plus, Tom Brady signed a three-year extension with the team back in February that takes him through 2017. He’s already achieved rockstar status with a Hall of Fame career that includes three Super Bowl titles, two Super Bowl MVPs and two NFL MVPs. But the Patriots know Brady is precisely the reason why Tebow fits there.
Let’s be real. More than anything, Mark Sanchez’s poor play at quarterback was the reason why fans chanted Tebow’s name and why the team did — and still does — seem divided. If the circus came and left with Tebow, why do we still see it every Friday morning on “SportsCenter” as the “Butt-fumble” continues its half-year reign as the worst play in sports?
Why did Ryan stop making bold Super Bowl guarantees? It’s in permanent ink on his right arm.
Tebow doesn’t have to worry about joining a circus in New England or the Canadian Football League or the Arena Football League. Instead, he’s joining fellow Gators Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez and Jermaine Cunningham. The only thing he has to worry about is whether former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett will be willing to give up the No. 15.