Once you extinguish the flames that are Tebow-mania and start to see what kind of a football player the man actually is, you come to realize that Tim Tebow was one of the top college quarterbacks to ever play in the NCAA. He won the Heisman trophy, had an offense catered to him while in Denver and won some playoff games with that offense.
In a short stint with the New York Jets, and an even shorter time with the New England Patriots, the suspicions that surrounded Tebow’s career on being a system quarterback were proved to be factual. Not even the great Bill Belichick could turn him into a backup.
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Tebow to a one-year contract, so there is very little optimism that he’s coming in as a starting quarterback, especially after the trade for Sam Bradford, his own contract extension rumors and the re-signing of Mark Sanchez to a two-year deal.
Head coach Chip Kelly likes to optimize all 53 positions to a point where even the backups will face fierce competition. Matt Barkley was drafted in the fourth-round in 2013 and has done little to prove that he could be talked about in the same realm as Mark Sanchez in terms of fighting for the primary backup role. Bringing Tebow in will allow the Eagles to explore other options at the #3 quarterback spot on the depth chart and, more importantly, improve the position.
Tebow also brings more to the table, as he has won playoff games in Denver as well as rotated multiple positions while in New York. With the unlikely return of Brad Smith, who played at wide receiver, quarterback and special teams, signing Tebow, a former first-round pick whose sole job was to play quarterback and who can now perform at the other two positions plus tight end and tailback, makes this pick-up a no-brainer.