A Heisman Trophy, a riveting playoff game, an international following.
Tim Tebow won all that in his football career.
On Saturday, he lost his third NFL job in 18 months. It might be hard to find another.
The quarterback with two big problems — throwing the ball and reading defenses — was cut by the New England Patriots less than 12 weeks after they signed him and just five days before the season.
But, as Tebow sees it, this long journey is not over.
“I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” he tweeted.
Coach Bill Belichick gave the player whose profile was higher than his production what may have been his last chance when he signed him June 11, the day the Patriots’ three-day minicamp began. And Tebow is grateful.
Belichick didn’t comment on Tebow’s release as one of the Patriots’ moves to reduce their roster to the regular season limit of 53 players by 6 p.m. EDT Saturday.
The Patriots signed him to a low-risk, two-year contract with no guaranteed money. One person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press that Tebow would make the veteran’s minimum salary, $630,000 in 2013, with incentives.
Now, barely two weeks after his 26th birthday, Tebow’s NFL career may be over.
The Patriots have carried just two quarterbacks in three of the past four seasons. So with Ryan Mallett entrenched as the backup to Tom Brady, Tebow’s challenge was a difficult one, even before the preseason started. Then he posted a quarterback rating of just 47.2 with two touchdown passes, two interceptions and seven sacks in three exhibition games.
●RAVENS: Baltimore released wide receiver Tandon Doss, tight ends Billy Bajema and Matt Furstenburg (Maryland), running back Bobby Rainey, safety Omar Brown, defensive tackle Cody Larsen, guard Antoine McClain and tackle J.J. Unga.
●EAGLES: Former first-round pick Danny Watkins, a firefighter before Philadelphia drafted him 23rd overall in 2011, was released. He started 18 games at right guard in two seasons with the Eagles.
●GIANTS: New York released quarterback David Carr, Eli Manning’s backup for four of the past five seasons. Former Redskins running back Ryan Torain was also let go.
●COWBOYS: Dallas acquired linebacker Edgar Jones from the Kansas City Chiefs for an undisclosed draft pick.
●PACKERS: Green Bay released quarterback Vince Young, leaving just B.J. Coleman on the roster to back up Aaron Rodgers. ●
●STEELERS: Pittsburgh activated Heath Miller off the physically unable to perform list and made running back Jonathan Dwyer one of 22 cuts; he led the Steelers with 623 yards rushing last season.
●BILLS: Buffalo is down to two quarterbacks after releasing Thaddeus Lewis, leaving it with rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel.
●TEXANS: Houston moved safety Ed Reed (offseason hip surgery) to the active roster from the physically unable to perform list.
●RAIDERS: Oakland released defensive end Andre Carter, a former Redskin (78½ career sacks).
●SEAHAWKS: Seattle kept defensive end Chris Clemons, recovering from major knee surgery, on the 53-man roster and released quarterback Brady Quinn, fullback Michael Robinson and defensive back Antoine Winfield.
●PANTHERS: Carolina released former second-round draft pick Jimmy Clausen, a move that leaves the team with only two quarterbacks on the roster, Cam Newton and Derek Anderson.
●●CHARGERS: San Diego released wide receiver Robert Meachem, whose signing in 2012 was a $14 million mistake by the A.J. Smith regime.●
●49ERS: San Francisco released two-time Pro Bowl long snapper Brian Jennings, the team’s longest-tenured player at 13 seasons. Veteran wide receiver Austin Collie was also let go.
●●BROWNS: Cleveland released veteran Shayne Graham (Virginia Tech), leaving the club without a place kicker.
●LIONS: Cornerback Ron Bartell (Howard) was among 21 players released.