Tim Tebow’s NFL future now lies in the hands of a backup QB with as many INTs thrown as games played.
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The Philadelphia Eagles, who gave QB Tim Tebow a tryout on Monday, will reportedly sign the free agent QB only if they are able to find a team to trade for 3rd-string QB Matt Barkley.
Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 in Washington reported that the Eagles’ decision to sign Tebow would hinge on their ability to move Barkley – as to pick up another player or draft pick and free up space for Tebow to become their 3rd-string QB.
Barkley, in two seasons with the Eagles since being drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft, has thrown just 50 NFL passes in four total games played. He has a grand total of 300 career passing yards, no TDs and 4 INTs along with three fumbles. Once considered a 1st-round pick back in 2012 when he was a Junior at USC, Barkley tumbled down the NFL draft rankings due to injuries and questions about his arm strength.
Tebow, who won two BCS National Championships and the 2007 Heisman Trophy at Florida, was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos in 2010, and led the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, giving birth to the term Tebow-mania (despite his absolutely terrible football play).
Instead of keeping him in 2012, the Broncos signed free agent QB Peyton Manning and Tebow was traded to the Jets before the 2012 NFL season but was never given an NFL start by the team despite benching starting QB Mark Sanchez late in the season. If he were to be signed by the Eagles, Tebow would reunite with Sanchez and would likely compete with him for the backup job behind projected starter Sam Bradford.
A lightning rod for attention because of his legendary college play and his Christian faith, Tebow has served as a college football analyst for ESPN since 2013. Last week Tebow was invited to attend the first ever NFL Veteran Combine for NFL veterans that are currently out of the league.