Tim Tebow is reportedly a New England Patriot.
ESPN's Ed Werder broke the news:
Just filed to ESPN: The Patriots are signing QB Tim Tebow and expect him to be in minicamp tomorrow— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 10, 2013
Go ahead and let that sink in for a little bit.
There had been endless speculation as to where Tebow, the most polarizing quarterback on the planet, would sign after the New York Jets released him. Would it be with the Arena Football League? The Canadian Football League? The Lingerie Football League?
Ultimately, it was none of the above. Instead, it would be with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, one of the most successful teams since the turn of the century.
Tebow plus the Patriots equals the perfect storm for a near detonation of the Internet, and unsurprisingly, Twitter turned chaotic with the news.
ESPN's SportsNation started it off by giving us the first peek at what Tebow will look like in a Pats uniform:
THIS is what Tim Tebow will look like in a Patriots jersey: pic.twitter.com/7FK1sQMp4W— SportsNation (@SportsNation) June 10, 2013
NFL Network's Albert Breer provided some details concerning New England's thought process in signing the popular QB:
The Patriots discussed the Tebow thing over the weekend at the highest levels of the organization. Was not a haphazard decision to sign him.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 10, 2013
... At the end of the day, my sense is they felt like they could go get Tebow because of Tom Brady's presence on the roster.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 10, 2013
... Also, told this is a low-money deal, as you'd expect.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 10, 2013
As far as Tebow's role with the team, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller was hoping for a position switch in New England:
Here's hoping the #Patriots sign Tim Tebow as a football player and not as a quarterback.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) June 10, 2013
But even with zero-percent chance (is there anything less than zero?) of a quarterback controversy, Werder (via Rotoworld's Evan Silva) reported that the Patriots have no intention of changing Tebow's position:
ESPN's Ed Werder on Tim Tebow: "I have confirmed that the #Patriots signed him with the intent of playing quarterback."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) June 10, 2013
How will the #Patriots use Tim Tebow? He's going to play quarterback. Has never accepted playing another position.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 10, 2013
Tebow has signed w Pats as QB. Not as TE or RB. Mallett's 3rd yr - probably hits trade market in '14. Can TT develop as backup QB?— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) June 10, 2013
Still, as Rich Eisen pointed out, even if Tebow is technically a quarterback, you can bet Belichick and Co. will find a variety of ways to use utilize his unique and valuable skill set:
I know Tebow maniacs will take offense to this but none intended: Tim Tebow will CRUSH IT in the Danny Woodhead role. A true weapon.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) June 10, 2013
Eisen also called New England the "perfect spot" for Tebow:
New England has always been a perfect spot for Tebow. Unassailable starting QB+ coach who will use him anywhere & put him in media lockdown.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) June 10, 2013
Now for the "How much do I need to pay to make these things happen?" section.
First, a potential reality-show idea courtesy of ESPN's Jeremy Lundblad:
Tebow-Gronk reality show. Who doesn't watch that?— Jeremy Lundblad (@JLundbladESPN) June 10, 2013
Second, Roc Nation Sports' next client (via Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch):
Can't wait for Jay-Z to sign Tim Tebow.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 10, 2013
Yes, please, times two.
Finally, a reminder to stay far away from Skip Bayless and First Take for a very long time:
Skip: "I believe Tebow should start over Tom Brady." First Take producer: "Go with it." ESPN PR: "Authentic debate."— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 10, 2013