Werder tweeted on Monday:
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
Tebow is expected to participate in the Patriots' mandatory minicamp on Tuesday as a quarterback, according to Werder.
Bill Belichick has always spoken of Tebow with admiration and move reunites with Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow in first round— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 10, 2013
McDaniels, who was eventually fired as head coach of the Denver Broncos, was one of Tebow's biggest supporters in Denver. The Patriots may be hoping that their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach can mold Tebow into a capable backup for Tom Brady in Boston.
Of course, it seems unlikely that the Patriots will limit Tebow to a backup role under center. Whether he's an H-back, a tight end or used on special teams, my guess is that the Patriots are hoping to spread his abilities across the field.
Back in April, Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted:
Jets had granted Tim Tebow permission this off-season to seek a trade. More than one team asked if were willing to play TE, but he was not.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2013
You would think that the Patriots talked things over with Tebow in that regard. I find it hard to believe that they would sign him if he refused to play other positions.
But even if Tebow is committed to New England's game plan, it's one thing to verbally commit, and quite another to follow through.
There's no question that the 25-year-old has a lot of pride. He's always believed he could be a starting quarterback in the NFL, even when plenty of people have scoffed at the notion. He will need to put away some of that pride in Boston, where he has no chance of starting over Brady, barring injury.
That may be difficult for Tebow to do, at least initially.
Will Tebow be used exclusively as a backup QB by the Patriots?
It does help that Tebow is headed to the Patriots, a franchise with a history of success. One thing Tebow also loves is winning, and the Patriots have been known to win. Perhaps a championship ring would keep him happy.
Also, Tebow is coming from a toxic environment in New York with the Jets. It would have been difficult for many to succeed in that environment, let alone a quarterback that has heard his fair share of criticism on the field.
The Patriots not only offer Tebow a winning atmosphere, they also offered him a job. Hopefully for Tebow's sake, he recognizes this and accepts whatever role Belichick and Co. put him in.