Published June 11, 2013
| Sports Network
Foxboro, MA – As expected, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was very brief when talking to the media for the first time about the signing of quarterback Tim Tebow.
"Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interest of the team. Tim is a talented player that's smart and works hard, so we'll see how it goes," Belichick said when initially asked about Tebow.
The Patriots officially signed Tebow on Tuesday, just one day after the news broke that the former Denver Bronco and New York Jet was heading to New England.
According to ESPN, Tebow signed a two-year contract that includes no guaranteed money.
Belichick declined to get into specifics when asked about how Tebow will be used.
"We're gonna do what we think is best for this football team, so, I don't know, we'll see," Belichick said. "We'll see, I don't know."
It didn't take long before Belichick wanted to change the subject.
"We've already talked enough about him. We'll see how it goes, take it from there," he said.
Tebow, who will wear No. 5, was on the practice field Tuesday working with the Patriots' quarterbacks, wearing a red (non-contact) jersey, for the first day of Patriots mandatory minicamp.
"First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity," Tebow said after practice. "I'm very thankful. It's such an honor to be a Patriot and play for Coach Belichick and Coach McDaniels, and learn under Tom (Brady) and be a part of this great franchise and very successful franchise. I found out first-hand; lost to them several times.
"It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to working hard every single day and getting a lot better and learning under some great people. That's all I got. Thank you all so much and God bless. I'm sure we'll be talking more soon."
The move reunites Tebow with the coach who drafted him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. McDaniels was the head coach of the Broncos at the time.
Tebow led Denver to the playoffs in his second season after becoming the starter in Week 4 of the 2011 campaign, but was traded to the Jets for a pair of draft picks the following offseason.
New York tried to use the former Florida product in several different capacities -- including signal caller of the 'Wildcat' formation as well as punt block specialist -- but ultimately was unsuccessful and never given a chance to play his natural position -- quarterback -- despite the struggles of incumbent starter Mark Sanchez.
Tebow appeared in 12 games with the Jets and was waived at the end of April. He has accumulated 29 total touchdowns and has thrown for 2,422 yards over the course of a three-year career.