The Philadelphia Eagles cut Tim Tebow just hours before the 4 p.m. Eastern deadline to pare rosters down to the 53-man limit.
The Eagles head into Week 1 carrying just two quarterbacks, the oft-injured Sam Bradford and consistently inconsistent Mark Sanchez. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Tebow’s release.
The former Heisman Trophy-winner appeared on Friday a lock to win a spot on Chip Kelly’s team. Tebow played marvelously in the team’s final preseason game against the New York Jets Thursday night. He passed for a pair of touchdowns against an interception that came as a result of a fourth-and-long situation that made any throw better than not throwing. He ran for 32 yards on four carries. The next day, the Eagles traded Matt Barkley, Tebow’s main competition for the third-string spot, to the Arizona Cardinals.
Dan Leberfeld of Breitbart Sports was on hand when Tebow addressed the media at MetLife Stadium following the loss to the Jets. He insisted that cuts cause him no anxiety because the decision is “not up to me.”
“I’ve said this a lot of times, but I don’t worry about things I can’t control,” Tebow explained. “It’s a blessing to be able to come out here and play the game I love.”