ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the story to end all stories on NFL roster cut down day: the New England Patriots have released quarterback Tim Tebow. The former Heisman Trophy winner signed with the Patriots this offseason, looking to develop behind Tom Brady and Ryan Mallet. He was reunited with the head coach who selected him in the first round with the Denver Broncos, Josh McDaniels. McDaniels is currently the Patriots' offensive coordinator.
Of course, with Tebow comes a ton of speculation. Should team X sign him? Will he continue to try to play quarterback? Can he transition to a tight end?
There's also a lot of hatred toward Tebow, which is the part I, personally, have never understood. Did Tebow force people to vote for him for the Heisman? Did he force McDaniels to draft him in the first round? Did he force the fans to go crazy for him? Did he force the Broncos to play him? Did he force the Jets to sign him for their crazy Wildcat style packages, only to never play him? Did he force the Patriots to give him a chance?
Maybe the only thing he did was force the Broncos to win a playoff game.
I don't think Tebow is an NFL quarterback. But, I don't hate him for trying to live out his dream, either.
Whatever your opinion on Tebow, his NFL career may be drawing to a close with his release from the Patriots. Will someone else sign him? Is he destined for the CFL? Only time will tell.