A person familiar with the situation says Tim Tebow has been cut by the New England Patriots.
After being let go by his third team in 18 months — and with the regular season just five days away — the quarterback's chances of immediately catching on with another team seem slim. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Patriots had not announced the move. It was first reported by ESPN.
Tebow's stay with the Patriots lasted just under 12 weeks and could be the end of his NFL career. The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback played in just three of New England's four preseason games and was sacked four times in the finale, a 28-20 win over the New York Giants on Thursday night.
The Patriots have carried just two quarterbacks in three of the past four seasons, and with Ryan Mallett entrenched as the backup to Tom Brady, Tebow's challenge was a difficult one, even before the preseason started. Then, he went out and posted a quarterback rating of just 47.2 and threw two touchdown passes to go along with two interceptions and seven sacks.
When New England signed him on June 11, it appeared that coach Bill Belichick might find other positions for the versatile, mobile Tebow to play, but he never worked out with any unit other than the quarterbacks with the Patriots.
After sitting out the third preseason game, a 40-9 loss at Detroit, Tebow completed 6 of 11 passes for 91 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against the Giants. He also ran six times for 30 yards.
"It's not just one game (that matters)," Belichick said Friday about the player evaluation process, "although every game is important. But the body of work, the camp, the rate of improvement, the ability to do the things that players are going to be asked to do at their respective positions (also matters)."
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