Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow spent Monday working out for the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN.com‘s Adam Schefter reported.
Tebow, who did not play in the NFL last season after only being signed for training camp in 2013 by the New England Patriots, has spent much of the last 18 months in California being trained by quarterback guru Tom House.
According to Schefter, the Eagles do not plan on signing Tebow “at this time.”
It was rumored that Tebow would consider participating in the inaugural NFL Veterans’ Combine but that did not come to fruition.
The former Heisman Trophy winner’s accuracy has been his biggest issue at the professional level as he’s completed just 47.9 percent of his passes for an average of 6.7 yards per toss His 17-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio for his career is admirable, as are his 989 rushing yards on 197 carries (5.0 per attempt) with 12 rushing scores.
Tebow famously led the Denver Broncos to multiple come-from-behind victories in his first significant action as a starter in 2011. He also threw a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime during Denver’s Wild Card round playoff game against Pittsburgh that season.
After claiming that his agent fielded some calls from interested NFL teams last offseason, Tebow decided to take a job as an analyst with the SEC Network. He has an out clause in his contract that would allow him to void his deal if he gets the opportunity to play professional football. Tebow spent most of 2014 working on television, also holding a stint with ABC‘s Good Morning America, though he also participated in various charitable efforts, as is his nature.
Tebow has maintained that he is in the best shape of his life and throwing the football better than ever before.
“I’m training every day and feel like I’m the best that I’ve ever been,” he told The Tennessean last June. “I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I’m just excited about whatever the future holds. Who knows what could happen? But I’m excited about it, though.”
A creative offensive mind such as Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly would be able to effectively utilize a player such as Tebow perhaps outside the standard quarterback role. As it turns out, the Eagles also currently have Mark Sanchez on the roster as a backup quarterback; Sanchez and Tebow competed together with the New York Jets during Tebow’s final season as an NFL player in 2013.
Tebow’s former Florida teammate – and yes, roommate – wide receiver Riley Cooper is currently on the Philadelphia roster.