When a player has been out of the NFL for a few seasons, it typically doesn’t make news when they schedule a workout with a team in the offseason. But yesterday, the skies parted with news that Tim Tebow would workout for the Philadelphia Eagles after not playing a single down since the 2012 season.
Chip Kelly’s rollercoaster offseason kept on rolling as the Eagles head coach brought former Denver Bronco, New York Jets and Patriots quarterback in for a workout with the team. With the number of eye-opening moves Kelly has made since the beginning of free agency, this seems like the type of behavior we should expect going forward, but news of Tebow suddenly showing up on the NFL’s radar again has many scratching their heads.
The last time Tebow was on an active roster was with the Jets in 2012 before joining the Patriots and being cut before the start of the regular season in 2013. The majority of the former Heisman winner’s playing time came during an improbable run with the Denver Broncos in 2010 and 2011 where he completed just 47.9 percent of his passes and a subpar 75.3 passer rating.
Despite the breaking news, Tebow left Philadelphia without signing a new contract. There have been reports that Tebow had been working out with quarterback guru Tom House to correct his oft-criticized throwing mechanics. Any real attempt to sign Tebow makes little sense as it’s unlikely he has suddenly morphed into a consistently accurate thrower since the last time he’s attempted a meaningful pass in the league.
Since being out of the league, Tebow has been working as a college football analyst for ESPN but has not been shy about his desire to return to the NFL. He was rumored to participate in the inaugural NFL veteran’s combine on March 22nd, but when a list of attendees was released, Tebow’s name was no where to be found.