Patriots Sign Tim Tebow

ESPN reports Tebow will participate in minicamp on Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013  |  Updated 5:52 PM EDT
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Patriots Sign Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow has joined the New England Patriots.

Terms of Tebow's contract have not been announced, but the 25-year-old will wear number 5.

"Anything we do is what we feel is in the best interest of the team," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a news conference on Tuesday when asked about signing Tebow. "Tim is a talented player that's smart and works hard."

When asked how Tebow will be used, Belichick was noncommittal. 

"We're gonna do what we think is best for our football team," Belichick said. "I don't know, we'll see."

Tebow was expected to be at the Patriots minicamp on Tuesday, ESPN's Ed Werder reported on Monday afternoon.

During the news conference on Tuesday, reporters asked about Tebow over and over again and  Belichick responded in the way you might expect -- with few words.

He said Tebow is a talented guy who can do a lot of things.

"I like Tim. I have a lot of respect for Tim," Belichick said.

In all the coverage of Tebow, "Tebowing," has been prominent and one reporter asked Belichick if he would have any objection to Tebow doing this in a Patriots uniform.

"I think, you know, we've already talked enough about him. See how he does and just go from there," Belichick said. 

Tebow was a free agent after the New York Jets released the former Heisman Trophy winner earlier this year.

Last week, Patriots Football Weekly posted a poll asking fans whether they thought Tebow's allies on with the Patriots would "make New England a perfect future home" for him.

The results, as of Tuesday morning, showed 55 percent saying yes and almost 45 percent saying no. 

You can watch Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's news conference here.

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