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Monday June 10, 2013 Former Gators QB Tebow back in NFL, to sign with Patriots

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow on the sidelines at the 2013 Sugar Bowl between Florida and Louisville.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Tim Tebow is back.

That's good news to Gators fans, of course, and most certainly ESPN and other major media outlets.

We'll soon find out if it's good for Tebow and the Patriots.

We know that it's been difficult on Twitter the past 15 minutes or so as those pesky "overcapacity" notices pop up occasionally when trying to send a new Tweet. About Tebow of course.

ESPN broke the news, so here is NFL reporter Ed Werder's initial report:

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The New England Patriots will sign Tim Tebow, league sources told ESPN.

The Patriots are signing Tebow, who is expected to participate in the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday, as a quarterback, according to sources.

The move reunites Tebow with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was theBroncos' head coach when Denver traded into the first round to draft the Heisman Trophy winner in 2010.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick often has spoken with admiration for Tebow's versatility, intelligence and character. Belichick covets what he has described as tough, smart, versatile football players.

Last month, Yahoo! Sports cited an "organizational source" as saying Belichick disliked Tebow as a player and there was "no chance" of him landing in New England. Belichick dismissed that notion last week, telling ESPNBoston.com that the report was completely untrue.

Ironically, Tebow's last NFL start came with the Broncos in a blowout playoff loss in Foxborough to Tom Brady and the Patriots following the 2011 season.

Tebow, 25, was released by the New York Jets in late April following a disappointing season as a backup to Mark Sanchez.

The Jets traded a pair of draft picks to Denver in the deal to acquire Tebow but failed to establish a consistent role in the offense for the versatile quarterback.

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