This Date In Transactions History: Tim Tebow Joins The Eagles

Four years ago today, quarterback Tim Tebow signed his last NFL contract. On April 20th, 2015, the two-time BCS national champion inked a one-year deal with the Eagles.

With Tebow seemingly settling for a backup gig in Philly, it emphasized how far the former first-rounder had fallen in only a few years’ time. In 2011, Tebow appeared in 14 games (11 starts) for the Broncos, completing 126 of his 271 pass attempts (46.5% completion percentage) for 1,729 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six picks. He also added 660 rushing yards and six scores on 122 carries. The Florida product also appeared in two playoff games that season, including a dramatic overtime win over the Steelers.

However, after Denver inked Peyton Manning to a contract prior to the 2012 season, Tebow was traded to the Jets. The quarterback ended up making 12 appearances (two starts) for New York that year. While he only attempted eight pass attempts, he did compile 102 rushing yards on 32 carries. His season ended prematurely after he suffered two broken ribs.

Tebow was released by the Jets following that season, and he caught on with the Patriots during the 2013 preseason. Ultimately, New England let him go prior to the regular season, and Tebow transitioned to a broadcasting gig. However, on this date four years ago, he still managed to receive his final NFL opportunity.

When the Eagles signed Tebow, they were hoping he’d compete with Matt Barkley to be the team’s third-string signal-caller behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Tebow ended up getting action in all four of Philly’s preseason games, completing 21 of his 36 attempts for 286 yards, two scores, and one pick. He also added another 82 rushing yards. However, after nearly two years away from football, Tebow was clearly a step behind the other signal-callers on the Eagles’ depth chart, and the team released him prior to the regular season.

Since that time, Tebow has taken his athletic prowess to baseball, where he’s been playing in the New York Mets’ farm system. Had the quarterback been able to establish a role on that Eagles team, perhaps the 31-year-old would still be pursuing his NFL dreams instead of lingering in the minor leagues.

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12 comments on “This Date In Transactions History: Tim Tebow Joins The Eagles

  1. DarkSide830

    i was kinda excited when they got rid of Barkley and it seemed they were set on Tebow as their #3. alas, that did not happen.

    • Who-Dey_KY

      He seemed to earn a spot somewhere, didn’t he? He looked really good in that preseason. I’m of the opinion that Tebow got kinda blackballed because of the distractions around him (intense media coverage).

      • amx19

        Yeah teams don’t like reporters flocking to the backup qb and not the real stars if the team

        • Who-Dey_KY

          True. Tebow wasn’t starting caliber unless you built a really awkward RPO type offense around him. He definitely had the talent to be a backup QB somewhere, but it wasn’t worth the media distractions surrounding him.

      • Polish Hammer

        There’s been a bunch of great athletes that weren’t great NFL QBs that changed positions and had nice NFL careers, but Tebow refused. He insisted on being a QB…an unemployed QB at that. As a Swiss Army knife he’d still be the playing in the league.

  2. KDT55

    Unlike Kurt Warner, who was willing to play in the Arena League and CFL Europe to develop his skills for another opportunity, Tim Tebow saw no need because evidently playing in the CFL (who offered him an opportunity) was beneath him. Tebow was not willing to do what it took to improve, he wanted to be handed a starting QB job in the NFL because, well, ‘He is Tim Tebow.’ So when the going got tough, he gave up. Some role model. ….. he’s a jerk.

  3. dorfmac

    As long as people like Nate Peterman are on rosters, there’s no reason for Tebow not to be.

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