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.