Tim Tebow Reaches Deal with Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles have reached an agreement with Tim Tebow on a one-year deal.

The 27-year-old quarterback joins three other signal callers, Sam Bradford, Matt Barkley, and Mark Sanchez, likely competing for three roster spots. The line behind center in Philadelphia may be long. But it’s not terribly accomplished, allowing Tebow a solid chance to make the team and, unlike his try in New England, to enjoy an opportunity on the field should injuries or ineptitude result from Bradford or Sanchez starting.

Bradford, the top man on the depth chart, endured injuries and struggled to live up to his potential in St. Louis before the Rams traded him for Nick Foles this offseason. Mark Sanchez enjoyed early success in New York before several terrible seasons, including one in which Tebow held the clipboard all season waiting in vain for his chance. Matt Barkley, like Sanchez a USC product, has played in just four NFL games during his two years in the league.

The former Heisman Trophy-winner hasn’t played a down in a regular season NFL game since 2012. The former Florida Gator joined ESPN/ABC for SEC coverage last season. The New England Patriots cut him at the end of their 2013 camp. Tebow struggled during preseason games. He inexplicably rode the pine for the New York Jets in 2012 despite the struggles of the team. He played his best season in 2011 for the Denver Broncos, when he led the team to the playoffs through fourth-quarter heroics throughout the season. He played his best game as a pro against the Pittsburgh Steelers during wildcard weekend, when he fired a slant that Demaryius Thomas took 80 yards to the endzone to stun the heavily favored visitors in overtime. Since then, his most meaningful on-field moments came on Rex Ryan’s punt team in New York.

The signing fits Chip Kelly’s character-first coaching mentality. “Culture wins in football,” he announced on the Eagles sidelines. “Culture will beat scheme every day.”