Get ready for Tebowmania, New England.
The Patriots announced on Tuesday that they have signed quarterback Tim Tebow. Yes, that Tim Tebow. The same one who attempted just eight passes last season and couldn't wrangle the Jets starting quarterback job from a struggling Mark Sanchez. The same Tebow who has been without a job over the course of the last two months since being waived.
But maybe we shouldn't be surprised.
Last week, in a rare exclusive interview with ESPN Boston, Patriots coach Bill Belichick refuted a previous report by Yahoo!'s Mike Silver that stated Belichick "hates" Tebow as a player.
"I wouldn't get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent," Belichick told ESPN Boston's Field Yates. "Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported."
Now he's putting the Kraft family's money where his mouth is, apparently.
Tebow's arrival means a reunion with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Tebow was taken 25th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by McDaniels when McDaniels was head coach of the Broncos. He's the latest in a long line of McDaniels imports to New England, including receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who both worked with McDaniels during the coach's time in St. Louis.
Want another Tebow-Pats connection? At the University of Florida, Tebow was a star under coach Urban Meyer, who happens to be a good friend of Belichick.
So what happens now? ESPN is reporting that Tebow will participate in minicamp, which starts this week, as a quarterback. CBS has said that Tebow will "study a great deal at tight end."
Wherever he ends up, one would expect Tebow faces an uphill battle to make the roster. But, as they reminded everyone today, you never know when it comes to the Patriots.