New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow (5) exits the field after the game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Giants 28-20. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Tebow mercifully released

The New England Patriots have made the right decision this morning, as they decided to part ways with Tim Tebow and instead keep a player who can actually do something for the team on the 53-man roster. Had Tebow signed on, he would have been a third-string quarterback without the ability to contribute to the team. The release was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.


Tim Tebow had a horrendous preseason, and there was only one game in which he didn’t look completely helpless. That was the Week 4 matchup against the New York Giants, as Tebow tossed two touchdowns and averaged 8.3 yards per attempt to make up for a terrible interception. Tebow’s mechanics, accuracy, and just about everything looked awful throughout the preseason, and there never seemed to be much worth developing in him.

My philosophy on Tebow has always been that it was worth signing him on for no guaranteed money and giving him a shot to prove himself, but it also wasn’t worth it to sign him on at the expense of a depth DB or better player who would contribute more (like one of the RBs or DEs looking to chomp at the bit, even a backup OL is more useful). The fact that Tebow doesn’t have practice squad ability certainly went against him, because it’s just not worth putting a project player on the 53-man roster. I mean, he showed even less than a late-round QB with practice squad eligibility would.

That said, it is kind of sad to see Tebow go, because he really is a great person and somebody who is easy to root for. But football is a business, and the Patriots would have been worse off keeping Tebow over somebody like Nate Ebner.

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  • George McDowell

    He’s not a QB, he’s an embarrassing sideshow. And now the sideshow is over.
    For good. Good riddance, loser. And especially: Good riddance to Teboner followers.

    • Joe Soriano

      Harsh, he seems like an amazing person, but he’s clearly nothing resembling an amazing quarterback.

  • Paul V. Suffriti

    Thank You! Time for the Pats to look to the future and draft a QB in the later rounds of the 2014 draft and let him learn behind Brady.

    • Joe Soriano

      Yup, that’s the way to do it.

  • Nihilist

    how many times does a guy need to be cut for jesus fanboys to realize he stinks at the NFL level?

  • matr dontelli iii

    I’m not a fan of tebow the player but I respect the person. I understand sparano is an idiot and couldn’t find a use for him and I also understand that Rex needs to control the clown ny media better than he does. I thought the fake punt conversions by themselves were worth his salary last year and really expected that belichek would find a way to utilize him effectively while keeping the media under control. I know tebow is not a quarterback to build your offense around but I really thought in New England he would be a very useful player.