Tim Tebow released by Patriots (updated)

August 31, 2013

Tim Tebow led the Patriots to a comeback victory Thursday night. (Jared Wickerham / Getty Images)

Tim Tebow’s career with the New England Patriots has ended after 2 1/2 months, with the quarterback failing to show the Patriots enough to warrant carrying three QBs on their roster.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Tebow had been released, with teams facing a 6 p.m. deadline for reducing rosters to 53 men. Now the question, as it was when the Patriots were the only takers for his talents in June, is whether the former Heisman Trophy winner’s NFL career is over as well.

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After he was cut by the New York Jets in late April, New England signed Tebow, 26, to a two-year contract with no guarantees and, in three preseason games, he completed 11-of-30 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. That wasn’t enough to convince Bill Belichick to carry a third quarterback, behind Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett, on the roster. As for the theory when Tebow signed that Belichick was planning to use him on gadget offense, that never materialized.

Tebow led the Patriots to a come-from-behind win Thursday night in the final preseason game, but he acknowledged that he wasn’t sure it was enough to justify getting a roster spot. Not surprisingly, he said he was relying on his faith in the face of his career uncertainty.

“I’m blessed, because of my faith, that I don’t have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future,” Tebow told reporters Thursday night. “It’s something I try to live by. It really gives you a lot of peace in whatever circumstance I’m in.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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