Tim Tebow’s hopes of playing in the NFL have been dashed once again after the Philadelphia Eagles released the quarterback on Saturday. According to ESPN, this marks the third time Tebow has been cut by an NFL team.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly Gave the following statement regarding Tebow’s dismissal.
“We felt Tim has progressed, but we didn’t feel he was good enough to be the (No.) 3 right now. He really improved his throwing motion from when he was throwing a couple of years ago. He worked extremely hard on it and deserves a lot of credit for that. I talked to him a little earlier (Saturday) when we released him.
He just needs to get more playing time. Get out there and get actual reps. Because he has done a ton on his own from an individual basis, but it is about taking that next step and playing (in) the game.”
Citing a report from the Philadelphia Enquirer, the New York Post wrote that not only did Kelly cut Tebow from the team, he also embarrassed him on the way out. Reportedly, Kelly suggested to Tebow he go play in the Canadian Football League for a while before considering another run at the NFL. The Montreal Alouettes have rights to Tebow in the CFL.
All NFL teams had to reduce their roster to 53 players by Saturday before 4:00 pm. Everything indicated that Tim Tebow had a chance to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles, especially after they traded Matt Barkley to the Cardinals on Friday. However, this wasn’t the case. The decision to waive Tebow leaves Kelly and the Eagles with two quarterbacks on their roster, Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Tebow and Barkley competed for third place in the position of quarterback, behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. It is unclear whether Philadelphia plans to hire another quarterback.
Although Tebow did not start the last game of the preseason, the former University of Florida quarterback had a good turnout at the New York Jets, completing 11 of 17 passes for a total of 189 yards and two touchdowns. Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, which helped the Gators win two national championships in college football, but he has not played in a regular-season NFL game in nearly three years.
When the Eagles traded QB Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals, it seemed that Tim Tebow would remain on the squad. However, the ex-Gator must now find a new home after being cut by Philadelphia.
Judging by Tebow’s recent Twitter post, it appears that the 28-year-old isn’t too upset with his latest NFL failure, and he gave a surprising response via the social media network.
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