FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tim Tebow is joining the New England Patriots.
The high-profile quarterback, who spent one season mostly on the sidelines with the New York Jets, officially signed on Tuesday morning, as the Patriots opened up a three-day minicamp. The team made the announcement prior to coach Bill Belichick's first interview session with the media on the field.
Tebow was waived by the Jets on April 29, one year after throwing a touchdown pass to win a playoff game in overtime for the Denver Broncos.
The transaction was first reported Monday by ESPN. According to the report, Tebow will play the role of quarterback, though he could be used at other spots if he makes the team. The Patriots have Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett at that position already, but they released quarterback Mike Kafka on Monday.
The 2007 winner of the Heisman Trophy while at Florida, Tebow was a 2010 first-round draft pick of the Broncos. He has 17 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing scores in his NFL career.