Tim Tebow Signs With New England Patriots, But Can He Make the 2013 Roster?

Josh ZerkleChief Writer IIIJune 10, 2013

Bill Belichick strikes again.

The head coach of the New England Patriots previously denied having any interest in free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow. But late on Monday, according to a tweet from ESPN's Ed Werder, the Patriots signed Tebow and expect the Florida product to be in the team's minicamp on Tuesday.

How did this happen?

First of all, New England is the only place where this could have happened. As I said in April, Tebow wasn't getting another shot in the NFL without the blessing of a head coach that had political capital to burn with his front office, and nobody has that like the guy who brought three Super Bowls to the Kraft family. Belichick could sign Amanda Bynes to a one-year deal with the leeway he has there.

But all other conditions are favorable as well. Tebow won't threaten the job status of future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. And with Tebow's former head coach, Josh McDaniels, running that Patriots offense, rest assured that Tebow will get the serious look he was denied in New York.

But will that look be at the quarterback position?

Early indications are that, yes, Tebow will find some work under center. The subsequent release of quarterback Mike Kafka creates a spot for Tebow as a signal-caller. But Belichick rarely carries three quarterbacks on the roster during the season, meaning that Tebow will most likely have to find other ways to contribute for Belichick if he wants to remain in Foxboro.

Check your watch. Tebow Time is back.