The Eagles parted ways with quarterback Tim Tebow on Saturday, a source told ESPN. Tebow was signed to compete for a backup role on the team.
There's no longer a mystery as to what the Eagles brought Tim Tebow in to do. He's a quarterback. Coach Chip Kelly said the team is not looking for Tebow to play another position, per NFL.com. "He's a quarterback," Kelly said. "That's how we're looking at Timmy. We're not looking at him at any other position." Kelly emphasized that Tebow has improved behind center. "You guys will see him today. Watch him throw. I think he's improved," Kelly said of Tebow. "He's spent a lot of time in the last few years in terms of working on his game." Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly thinks Tim Tebow could eventually develop into a quarterback and isn't just a camp arm, as Mark Sanchez said last month, according to NFL.com. Tebow was signed in April as the fourth quarterback on the roster after the team traded for Sam Bradford and re-signed Sanchez. "No, I think everybody here that we bring to our organization is here to compete for a job," Kelly said. "That's what Timmy is going to do. He's an unbelievable competitor. ... If we were just going to have guys throw drills, we'd take (Mike) Mayock in the offseason and bring him down here and let him throw to them." Tebow hasn't played in the league since 2012.
Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez said he wasn't concerned that the team signed Tim Tebow, because the Eagles told him Tebow was just there to throw in camp. "We needed another guy to throw while Sam's (Bradford) still recovering. So that's the reason (for the signing), at least as explained to me," Sanchez said, per CSN Philadelphia. The Eagles signed Tebow on Monday. He hasn't played in the NFL since getting cut by the Patriots at the end of training camp prior to the 2013 season. He spent last year as a television analyst for the SEC Network. Tebow and Sanchez were teammates on the Jets in 2012. Tebow's presence as a back-up created a quarterback controversy among fans and media that last ed throughout the season.
Quarterback Tim Tebow signed a deal with the Eagles on Monday that contains no guaranteed money, per USA Today. Tebow, who is the fourth quarterback on the roster, signed a veteran-minimum contract worth $660,000. If Tebow makes the Eagles' roster, he'd receive just over $38,000 a week. If he is cut, the Eagles owe him nothing. The quarterback is trying to make a return to the NFL after last playing in the league in 2012 with the Jets.
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