It's Tebow Time -- officially -- in Philadelphia.
A day after former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Eagles, he met with coach Chip Kelly and signed his contract. Now it remains to be seen whether he'll actually be on an NFL roster for the first time since the 2012 season, when he was with the Jets.
By the time the Eagles announced the signing, the city was buzzing. Tebow dominated newspaper headlines, social media and sports talk radio. A pretzel factory even made "Tebowing"-shaped pretzels.
Talk show hosts debated the signing. "Chip doesn't care what the outside world is going to say about it," former Eagles All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins, who played with Tebow in Denver, said on a local radio station. "He's going to come to the facility and work his behind off. He's gonna push you and push himself to get better."
Neither Kelly nor Tebow was available for comment. A team spokesman said that won't happen until organized team activities next month.
Tebow, 27, joins quarterbacks Sam Bradford, the former Rams starter who is coming off his second ACL surgery; Mark Sanchez, a former USC star who was released by the Jets after the 2013 season, and Matt Barkley, another USC standout who was drafted by Kelly in 2013.
Tebow likely will battle with Barkley for the third-string job. The Eagles traded for Bradford to be their starter and re-signed Sanchez to a two-year, $9-million deal that included $5.5 million in guaranteed money. Kelly worked out Tebow last month and decided to give him a shot.
Tebow, the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, had his only noteworthy NFL season in 2011, when he tied for second among NFL quarterbacks with six game-winning drives for the AFC West champion Broncos, who made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. He beat the Steelers in the wild-card round with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime.
But Broncos director of football operations John Elway was never sold on Tebow. He signed Peyton Manning in 2012 and traded Tebow to the Jets, who wanted to use him as a Wildcat quarterback and backup for Sanchez.
But Tebow, who also served as a punt protector, was a washout. He was 6-for-8 for 39 yards and no touchdowns and ran 32 times for only 102 yards and no touchdowns. After being released in 2013, he was signed by the Patriots but failed to make the team and was released on the final roster cut.
Tebow, an ESPN college football commentator in 2014, worked in the offseason with quarterback guru Tom House, a former major-league pitcher and pitching coach who also has helped Tom Brady. House, who used to have his pitchers improve their mechanics by throwing footballs, said Tebow became a better passer in the offseason. Now both will find out whether the work paid off. With AP