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Fly, Tim Tebow, fly: The now-former ESPN analyst is officially a Philadelphia Eagle.
“We appreciate Tim’s contributions to the launch of SEC Network and wish him all the best as he pursues his NFL dream,” John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, Programming and Production said in a statement. “Tim quickly established a tremendous rapport with everyone he worked with in front of and behind the camera. He has a tireless work ethic and a unique passion for football. Tim developed quickly into an excellent analyst. He has a home at ESPN when his playing career is done.”
Tim Tebow will rise again as an NFL quarterback, media reports say — this time with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The former Florida Gator is expected to sign a one-year deal with the NFC East squad on Monday. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer was first out with the news on Sunday; Tebow worked out for the team last month.
The Eagles did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment.
The Heisman Trophy winner was a first round pick of the Denver Broncos, where he found some success, including a sophomore season Wild Card Playoff win. Still, in 2012, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets, where the magic didn’t translate. The following season, he was released by the New England Patriots during training camp.
Overall, in his three NFL years, Tebow went 8-6 in the regular season as a starter. He completed just 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns versus nine interceptions. The two-time BCS National Champion has a 75.3 pro QB Rating.
In late 2013, Tebow signed a a multiyear deal with ESPN to serve as a SEC college football analyst. The following September, he joined ABC’s “Good Morning America” as a contributor, staying within the Disney family.
While Tebow is still under contract with the media giant, his deal allows for him to pursue a return to the National Football League.
Glazer said on Twitter: “Eagles looking for a fourth QB for their offseason program but it’s Tebows best chance to get back in the league.”
He followed that up with this explanation for the move: “Eagles spent time w Tebows qb coach Tom House and are convinced he’s improved a lot. if he hasn’t no harm no foul as they have roster spots.”
Here is Glazer’s original break:
Scoopage: The Eagles are plannng to bring in Tim Tebow and sign him tomorrow as they begin their offseason program FOX SPORTS has learned
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 19, 2015