Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow will join the dominant Chip Kelly-led offense of the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, according to Fox Sports commentator Jay Glazer.
The 27-year-old Tebow worked out for the Eagles last month, which is when the two sides began working on the components of a one-year deal. He was last seen on the gridiron as a member of the New England Patriots 2013 preseason squad.
The announcement of this deal also contradicts Kelly’s once-held critique of Tebow.
“We are not a Tim Tebow type of quarterback team. I am not going to run my quarterback 20 times on power runs,” Kelly told Grantland in 2011 when he was still the head coach of Oregon University.
How Tebow factors into the Eagles offense at this point is purely speculatory. The NFL Draft has yet to take place, and there is currently a log jam at the quarterback position in the City of Brotherly Love.
Tebow will join former New York Jets teammate Mark Sanchez, as well as the recently acquired Sam Bradford and Matt Barkley, as one candidate in the team’s quartet of signal callers.
The Eagles ranked within the Top 10 of the whole NFL in multiple offensive categories in 2014, including rushing yards and touchdowns. Tebow is a notoriously awful passer, but it’s the intangibles that he brings – that schoolyard style – that won him a playoff game in his second year with the Denver Broncos.
He’s heard the criticism regarding his robot-like throwing motion ever since he was selected 25th overall in the 2010 draft by the Broncos and has since taken the right steps to improve on it – which undoubtedly impressed Kelly and his staff.
In advance of his March workout with the Eagles, Tebow spent the last 18 months training with renowned quarterbacks coach Tom House, who’s also had Tom Brady and Drew Brees on his list of clientele.
He may not be able to replace the production lost by the departure of LeSean McCoy, but he’s sure worth a look. It may not be long before Philly fans are ‘Tebowing’ in the streets.