On April 20, the famed University of Florida college quarterback Tim Tebow was signed to a one-year deal to the Philadelphia Eagles for a minimum salary of $420,000. According to an article written by ESPN.com, Tim Tebow played as an NFL quarterback for two years on the Denver Broncos, one year on the New York Jets, and on the New England Patriots for the preseason where he struggled to complete 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions in three preseason games.
After Tebow’s subpar performance as a New England Patriot, Bill Belichick cut him from the squad. After being released by the Patriots, Tebow tweeted, “I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.” After playing his last NFL regular game in 2012, Tebow will finally be able to snatch an opportunity to chase his dream.
Since his release from the New England Patriots, Tebow worked as a college football analyst for ESPN on the SEC Network while he relentlessly trained to relearn the position of quarterback. He relearned the mechanics of the quarterback position through famous quarterback coach, Tom House, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. It is still quite the long shot as to whether Tebow makes the roster due to the Philadelphia Eagles’ bounty of quarterbacks.
Chip Kelly and the Eagles’ front office did everything possible to keep the offseason interesting for NFL fans of any team. The Eagles acquired a plethora of running backs and quarterbacks this off-season in order for the players to compete for a spot. At this point in the season, an NFL team can carry around 90 players, but that number must be cut down to 53 men by week one.
With the addition of Tim Tebow, the Philadelphia Eagles have four competing quarterbacks, three of which were former first round draft picks. Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, and backup quarterback Matt Barkley will compete for the starting job. This sets the Eagles up in a great position, knowing that these four quarterbacks will impart their best efforts when competing in practices, training camp, and preseason games.
This does, however, make Tim Tebow’s success as an NFL quarterback quite elusive. Mark Sanchez was the starting quarterback of the Eagles last season, leading them to a 10-6 season, while Sam Bradford was a great quarterback for the St. Louis Rams barring his ACL tears in two consecutive seasons. Certainly, Tim Tebow has his work cut out for him, but he has been training and improving his game relentlessly and will be eager to prove himself as an NFL-ready professional.