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Tim Tebow to sign one-year deal with Eagles (updated)

Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles, according to people familiar with the deal. (Brynn Anderson/Associated Press)
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Updated with details of contract

He’s baaaaaaaaaack. At least, for some offseason workouts, and — who knows? — possibly much more.

Tim Tebow, the decorated Florida quarterback whose first stint in the NFL was as brief as it was closely scrutinized, is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Philadelphia Coach Chip Kelly has spoken highly of Tebow in the past, and apparently he saw enough of the quarterback during a March workout to add him to a depth chart that currently includes Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne.

The Eagles had reportedly been trying to trade Barkley before signing the 27-year-old Tebow, but they couldn’t find a taker and wanted the former Gator on the team for as many offseason training sessions as possible. Tebow reunites with Sanchez, as both were on the Jets during the former’s last NFL season, in 2012.

Tebow won two national titles and a Heisman Trophy while at Florida, then was drafted 25th overall by the Broncos in 2010. He was in Denver for just two seasons before moving on to the Jets for one, and he accumulated career totals of 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 47.9 percent passing, plus 989 yards rushing for 12 touchdowns.

In two 2011 playoff games, Tebow completed 19 of 47 passes for 450 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, plus 63 yards rushing for one touchdown. One of those touchdown passes was an 80-yard completion to Demaryius Thomas that gave the Broncos a memorable overtime win over the Steelers.

Tebow spent last season as a college football analyst for the SEC Network, but there were several reports that he was working out with an eye toward a return to the NFL. In Philadelphia, Tebow not only reunites with Sanchez, but also with his college roommate, wide receiver Riley Cooper.

In 2013, the Patriots signed Tebow and kept him on their roster until shortly before the regular season began.

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