Tim Tebow Signing Low Risk, High Reward For Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

By Erik Sargent
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There’s no way around hearing about him. Any sports television program, Internet page or radio station is fired up again and ready to talk Tim Tebow.

After a few quiet months from the seemingly endless Tebow circus that has surrounded the sports world since his entrance into the NFL, Monday kicked off with huge news that Tebow would be packing his bags and heading to Foxborough, Massachusetts to play with the New England Patriots.

Many will ask why, how, what, and so on as to why such a smooth operating organization like the Patriots would even bother bringing in someone like Tebow to be their third string quarterback.

For head coach Bill Belichick, it is a low risk, high reward situation. They are already established as a team, which was not the case with the New York Jets. Belichick won’t have to worry about quarterback problems because it is already established that Tom Brady is the starter and Ryan Mallet is the backup.

For Tebow, there is no better destination in the league than New England. Belichick is notorious for taking guys that are seemingly unheard of or have been cut from other teams and turning them into solid players.

If there is someone who can find a way to make Tebow effective, it is Belichick. That’s not to say that they are going to revamp the entire offense just to get Tim in the game. That will be the last thing on their list of priorities.

Most likely the move will allow Tebow to sit and learn from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Brady, get top of the line coaching each and every day, and work as a scout team player and fine-tune his skills.

There may be situations in which the Patriots try and work packages in featuring Tebow, but it’s possible he never even steps on the field. It’s also possible he doesn’t even make the initial roster. Tebow signed a two-year deal with no guaranteed money, so he could be out next Monday if the Patriots aren’t feeling it.

All speculation of Tebow playing another position is a bit premature and also offensive to other players. Saying a guy can step in and play tight end or running back in the NFL without any previous experience is taking away from players who have worked their whole lives to play those particular positions.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out for both Tebow and the Patriots. Will they be able to find a way to effectively use him on offense or will he be cut before the season even begins? Only time will tell, but you can be sure that Belichick has a plan.

Erik Sargent is a college writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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