"Not again," Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez would be excused for thinking.
Despite being separated by less than two hours on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Eagles don't seem to have paid attention to what occurred to the New York Jets a few years ago.
Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract hasn't been finalized.
Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012, when he played for the Jets as a backup to Sanchez, and the team suffered from a perpetual quarterback controversy. The team finished 6-10 and, in many ways, hasn't yet recovered.
This time around, neither Tebow nor Sanchez is the likely starter – that would be the former St. Louis Rams passer, Sam Bradford, whom the Eagles traded for during the offseason.
After his time with the Jets, Tebow was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN.
Despite being out of the league, the 27-year-old Tebow remained one of the most popular players around. He has a legion of fans who follow him because of his strong Christian beliefs.
The former Heisman Trophy winner led Florida to two national titles and was a first-round pick by Denver in 2010. He started 16 games during two seasons with the Broncos, including a playoff victory over Pittsburgh in January 2012. Tebow was traded to the Jets after Denver signed Peyton Manning.
The 27-year-old Tebow joins quarterbacks Sanchez, Sam Bradford, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on Philadelphia's roster. The addition of Tebow would be the latest move in a stunning offseason for coach Chip Kelly. He traded Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and allowed Jeremy Maclin to leave in free agency.
Tebow worked out for the Eagles last month and Kelly later said he's always "been a fan of Tim."
Tebow had some success in Denver, but his inaccurate passing and lack of pocket presence was an issue. His strength has been running the ball or improvising. Tebow has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has 989 yards rushing, a 5.0 average yards per carry and 12 TDs.
Tebow worked with former major league pitcher Tom House on improving his mechanics. He joins the Eagles in time to start their offseason program this week.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.