The New England Patriots' Tim Tebow experiment was short-lived, as the much-maligned quarterback was released from his contract Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Patriots releases Tim Tebow. More on ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:40 a.m. ET
From the Dennis and Callahan Show:
Tom Brady leaves the door open for a Tim Tebow return to the team this season. Called him a great teammate.— Dennis and Callahan (@DandCShow) September 3, 2013
---End of update---
Tebow's trials and tribulations at the NFL level are well-documented, and this is yet another setback in his quest to prove that he can be a quarterback in the world's best football league. He had no chance of being a starter in New England with Tom Brady ahead of him, but he hoped to earn a future opportunity, even with Ryan Mallett on the roster.
Tebow took to Twitter after his release:
I would like to thank Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Coach McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback. 2 Corinthians 12:9: And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
After being placed on waivers, Tebow went unclaimed by the 31 other franchises, per ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter account.
QB Tim Tebow goes unclaimed on waivers and officially becomes a free agent.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 1, 2013
After an incredible collegiate career at Florida that saw him win two national championships as well as a Heisman Trophy, Tebow was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos in 2010. He took over as Denver's starter five games into the 2011 season, and while his statistics weren't great, he led the Broncos to the playoffs and threw for over 300 yards in a Wild Card Weekend upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Despite his development, the Broncos moved in a different direction during the offseason as they signed longtime Indianapolis Colts signal-caller Peyton Manning. That prompted Denver to trade Tebow to the New York Jets for fourth and sixth-round draft picks.
Tebow's tenure in the Big Apple was nothing short of nightmarish.
He was expected to push Mark Sanchez for the starting job, but that never came to fruition. Tebow was instead used as a gadget player who disrupted the flow of the Jets offense more than he helped it. He attempted just eight passes all season long and rushed for a mere 102 yards. The Jets cut bait following the season, as his presence became a hindrance more than anything.
It took quite a while for Tebow to get scooped up, which prompted offers from the Arena Football League as well as various semi-professional teams. The Pats ended his long wait when they signed him to a two-year contract worth no guaranteed money back in June.
The Patriots were long viewed as a team that might target Tebow since they have long had a reputation for valuing high-character players. Additionally, head coach Bill Belichick waxed poetic about Tebow's competitiveness, work ethic and overall ability, so it was no secret that he had a great deal of admiration for the former Gator.
On top of that, the Patriots brought Josh McDaniels back into the fold in 2011 as an offensive assistant. He assumed the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for New England last season. McDaniels was the Broncos head coach when they drafted Tebow, so he obviously saw something special in him.
Apparently neither Belichick nor McDaniels were able to justify keeping Tebow on the roster. There was some hope that his versatility might make him indispensable, but New England simply had too many holes at other positions to carry a luxury player like Tebow on the roster.
Is releasing Tebow the right move for New England?
Tebow's preseason got off to an awful start with the Pats as he threw for 54 yards and an interception in his first two appearances. He played the entire second half against the New York Giants in New England's final preseason game, throwing for 91 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The search for a new team now begins for Tebow. He has been chewed up and spit out by the NFL machine over the past couple of years, but he is certainly resilient.
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