Quarterback Tim Tebow, known for praying before playing, reportedly has finalized a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. ESPN reported Sunday Tebow, 27, is to sign the deal Monday.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, who last played in an NFL regular season game in 2012 and last season worked as an analyst for both ESPN and the SEC Network, joins a crowded roster that includes QBs Sam Bradford, who is rehabbing from an anterior cruciate ligament tear, Mark Sanchez, G.J. Kinne and Matt Barkley. ESPN said the Eagles had wanted to trade Barkley but were unable to get enough in return.
The deal comes after Philadelphia brought Tebow in to work out with the team last month. Coach Chip Kelly told the NFL Network he's always been a Tebow fan. "We bring in a lot of players for private workouts. It’s just he’s the one that everyone keeps talking about," Kelly said.
Tebow was released by the New England Patriots in 2013 after training camp but has been working with throwing coach Tom House in the interim, ESPN said. He played two seasons with the Denver Broncos before going to the New York Jets and then the Patriots, where he completed only 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions in three preseason games.
Tebow competed with Sanchez when both were on the Jets. In New York, he threw just eight passes for 39 yards and rushed just 32 times for 102 yards. He last threw a touchdown pass in 2011.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tebow's best chance of making the 53-man roster is as the third-string quarterback behind Bradford and Sanchez. Kelly likely wants to see if Tebow can perform other tasks.
The Eagles start their off-season program Monday.
Tebow came out of the University of Florida, where he won a national championship, and led Denver to a string of victories that made him a household name. USA Today described his style as flat-footed, with a sidewinding throwing motion that makes it difficult for him to connect with any accuracy.