Tim Tebow cut by Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow tosses a New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow tosses a ball during training camp in Foxborough, Mass. (July 27, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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After being released by the Jets, Tim Tebow got a chance to continue his NFL career with New England, but now he'll need another new team. The Patriots released the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback on Saturday.

Tebow, who signed a two-year deal with the Patriots just before the start of training camp, performed poorly in the three preseason games in which he played, finishing with a quarterback rating of 47.2.

He did throw two touchdown passes against the Giants' backups in Thursday's preseason finale. Tebow finished 6-for-11 for 91 yards against the Giants.

His final pass with New England went for a touchdown, but it remains to be seen if that will be the final pass of his NFL career. Now that he's been traded by the Broncos in March 2012 and released by two teams in the last four months, Tebow's NFL prospects look dim.

Tebow, who was released by the Jets after they couldn't swing a trade around the draft, has expressed a desire to continue playing quarterback, but he might have to consider a position change to hook on with another club.

Tebow said Saturday on his Twitter account that he wants to continue playing quarterback. "I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback," he wrote.

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On Friday, the day after the Giants game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, "It's not just one game , 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."

Tebow led the Broncos to the 2011 playoffs after taking over for struggling Kyle Orton, but he was never considered a viable long-term option by Broncos director of football operations John Elway. Tebow was traded to the Jets shortly after the Broncos signed free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning.

Tebow was a bust with the Jets, playing only sparingly last season. When Mark Sanchez was benched late in the season, Tebow was passed over by coach Rex Ryan in favor of Greg McElroy.

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