Former-New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is expected to sign with the New England Patriots this week, according to ESPN sources.
Tebow, who also spent time as a Denver Bronco, will be brought in as a quarterback, and could participate in the team's mandatory minicamp as early as Tuesday.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner spent a single season with the Jets behind starting quarterback Mark Sanchez but was cut this off-season.
Speculation mounted that he wouldn't be offered an NFL contract, with the only options reportedly on the table from the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.
But the latest reports claim Bill Belichick values the ex-Florida Gator's versatility and toughness. He'd be expected to contribute on goal-line sets, and would add another option to the New England offence. He could even make an impact at tight end, with first-choice Patriot Rob Gronkowski struggling to return for the start of the regular season after back surgery.
The move would also see Tebow reunite with his former-Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels.
McDaniels, who traded up in the 2010 draft to take Tebow as the 25th pick, is now the offensive coordinator for the Patriots.
The 2005 Super Bowl champions released reserve quarterback Mike Kafka on Monday, and the 25-year-old Tebow would likely challenge Ryan Mallett for the back-up spot behind Tom Brady.
Tebow has had success as a quarterback in the past, notably guiding the Broncos to the AFC West title and past the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 wild-card playoff game.
But when the Denver team traded for Peyton Manning, Tebow was deemed surplus to requirements. He arrived in New York after the Jets traded two draft picks in March 2012, but it didn't work out in the Big Apple.
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