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New England Patriots Sign QB Tim Tebow

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Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Tebow is one of those players in the NFL who is bound to command attention whenever something happens with him. After a couple of weeks of speculation on whether he would ever receive another opportunity to play in the NFL again, we have our answer: "yes" ... with the New England Patriots, no less.

As the tweet above indicates, Tebow will be re-united with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, so you have to wonder if he had some major influence on Tebow being attached to Bill Belichick's team. The Patriots have been one of the best offenses in the NFL ever since Tom Brady took over, so that begs the question: what purpose can Tebow serve besides being a distraction? Let's be realistic: they are not going to take the ball out of Brady's hands when the game is on the line, and they are not going to entrust him to be the No. 2 quarterback on gameday.

SportsCenter reported that he is expected to stay at quarterback and not play any other positions. I think it is a little premature to say that, but we will see. I agree with some of the reports out there that it would seem as though Tebow should make the 53-man roster, though -- I don't think Belichick would have taken on the Tebow press if he just intended to cut him before the season. In terms of a role he could play, how about this: the Patriots often build 2- to 3-possession leads. There could be some situations where Tebow could be inserted into the game purely to take the snap and move forward a couple of yards at a time. Maybe it saves some of the wear-and-tear on Brady for what is left of his career.

Were you stunned to hear about Tebow going to New England? And, do you think he'll make the final roster?