Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback who led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, worked out with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday but apparently left the training facility without a contract.
Tebow, 27, who has not played in the NFL since the New England Patriots cut him at the end of preseason in 2013, spent the past year as a college football analyst for ESPN's SEC Network but has repeatedly expressed interest of playing again in the NFL, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer
. The Eagles recently traded starting quarterback Nick Foles to St. Louis for injury-prone Sam Bradford.
"Eagles coach Chip Kelly did not comment on the workout," wrote the Inquirer's Zach Berman. "No deal with Tebow was announced, and ESPN reported that the Eagles would not sign him at this time. But the mere mention of his workout became breaking news in the NFL, which speaks to Tebow's popularity."
The former Heisman Trophy winner struggled to complete passes during his last NFL tryout with the Patriots, going 11 for 30 with receivers for 145 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions in three preseason games, reported ESPN
Tom House, who worked with Tom Brady as his throwing coach, told USA Today
he had been working with Tebow since his release and believed this accuracy problems have been resolved.
"Tim has been busting his butt on a regular basis for the last couple of years to stay ready for just this type of opportunity," said House. "He came directly from being released by the Patriots and has been working on a regular basis since then. Initially, Tim had trouble spinning the ball and he wasn't very accurate. That's fixed. He's very accurate now."
The Inquirer pointed out that in 2013 Eagles coach Chip Kelly criticized the offense Florida ran when Tebow won his 2008 Heisman Trophy and the need to have a quarterback who is an accurate thrower.
"We did not run the same offense that Florida ran with Tim Tebow, where we're running quarterback power," Kelly said in 2013, according to the Inquirer. "… In this league, you need to be able to throw the football, and that's the first skill set that we're looking for. Repetitive accuracy is the number-one quality we're looking for."
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