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Tim Tebow signs with Patriots

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 10, 2013 05:10 PM

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The Patriots have signed Tim Tebow, a league source confirmed to the Globe's Shalise Manza Young.

The quarterback is expected to join the team at its minicamp Tuesday.

Tebow was released by the New York Jets in April after they drafted quarterback Geno Smith. Tebow played one season in New York after two in Denver.

Tebow was drafted by the Broncos in 2010 after winning two national championships and the Heisman Trophy (2007) at Florida. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the Broncos head coach at the time.

Like just about anything with Tebow, news of the move quickly became the talk of the sports world. Despite limited success in the NFL, Tebow has been one of its most popular players.

"I think it makes a great deal of sense. This is the perfect team for Tim Tebow to go to," former NFL coach Brian Billick said in an appearance on NFL Network, where he is an analyst.

In 2011, Tebow led the Broncos on several improbable comebacks and into the playoffs, where he famously engineered an upset of the favored Steelers before losing to the Patriots in the AFC Divisional playoff round.

The comebacks spawned the popular phrase "Tebow Time," and his practice of kneeling in prayer after a touchdown or victory became known as "Tebowing," and was mimicked worldwide.

Tebow has 361 career pass attempts and 173 completions. He's thrown for 17 touchdowns and been intercepted nine times.

He also has 197 career rushing attempts for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The Patriots announced they had released quarterback Mike Kafka and defensive lineman Dewayne Cherrington Monday. Tebow's signing has not been officially announced.



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