ESPN: Tim Tebow will sign with New England Patriots

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Tim Tebow warms up before a Denver Broncos game in January 2012. (Credit: Ed Clemente Photography)

DENVER — Former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow will be signed by the New England Patriots, ESPN reported Monday afternoon.

“Bill Belichick has always spoken of Tebow with admiration,” ESPN reporter Ed Werder tweeted. “(The) move reunites (Tebow) with Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow in first round.”

Tebow is expected to participate in the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, at the quarterback position, ESPN reported.

The Broncos are scheduled to play at New England on Nov. 24.

The Jets released Tebow on April 29 after a single tumultuous year. After leading the Broncos to a playoff win in 2011 — in addition to throwing for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushing for 660 yards and six touchdowns — he was passed over in favor of Jets third-string quarterback Greg McElroy when starter Mark Sanchez was benched late in the 2012 season.

Tebow attempted eight passes in his 12 games for the Jets in 2012. He rushed for 102 yards and averaged 3.2 yards per carry for the team, which finished with a 6-10 record.