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Patriots to sign Tim Tebow

File photo of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow talking to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in Foxborough

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (L) talks to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after the NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in this January 14, 2012 file photo. Reebok International Ltd agreed to settle a lawsuit by rival Nike Inc, and will stop selling New York Jets football apparel with the name of the team’s popular new quarterback, Tim Tebow, April 10, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL BUSINESS)


Tim Tebow’s NFL career is not over.

The New England Patriots will sign Tebow and have him at their minicamp that begins on Tuesday, as first reported by Ed Werder of ESPN.

Although the connection between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Tebow’s old Florida coach Urban Meyer has led to talk in the past that the Patriots could be interested in giving Tebow a shot, the news still comes as a major surprise. In recent weeks most of the talk surrounding Tebow in the NFL has centered on the idea that Tebow was totally done in the NFL.

There’s still much we don’t know, including whether Tebow will have a shot to compete for the No. 2 quarterback job behind Tom Brady (it should go without saying that Tebow has no chance to start in New England), or whether the Patriots are more interested in taking a look at him at another position and as an occasional wildcat quarterback.

But we do know that Tebow has an NFL home. And the NFL media is about to descend on the Patriots’ minicamp.