The quarterback heads north after a disappointing season with the New York Jets

By Tim Nudd
June 11, 2013 07:45 AM
The Press-Register/Landov

Third time’s a charm?

After mixed results in stints with the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, Tim Tebow signed with his third NFL team, the New England Patriots.

The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, 25, will compete with Ryan Mallett for the job of backup quarterback behind Tom Brady.

He joined the Patriots at their minicamp Tuesday.

“Anything we do, we feel is in the best interests of the team,” coach Bill Belichick told reporters before practice. “We’ll see how it goes.”

The Jets released Tebow in April after drafting highly rated quarterback Geno Smith. Tebow had a disappointing season in a marginal role with the Jets following two years with the Broncos. In 2011, he led Denver to the playoffs after several unlikely comeback wins.

A devout Christian, Tebow has something of a cult following due to his faith, which he credited for his spectacular success at the University of Florida.

He is also among the most scrutinized NFL players off the field, with intense interest in his personal life.

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