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Tebow to sign with Patriots

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Quarterback Tim Tebow will be signing with the New England Patriots and joining their minicamp today, a person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made, told the AP on Monday that Tebow was headed for Foxborough.

ESPN first reported that Tebow would sign with New England.

Tebow will need to pass a physical before a contract becomes official. Even when Tebow signs with the team, there is no guarantee he will make the Patriots.

One of the NFL's most polarizing players, Tebow spent a lost season in 2012 with the New York Jets, playing sparingly behind struggling starter Mark Sanchez. Some fans thought he got a raw deal and deserved more of a chance; others thought he lacked the skills to be a pro quarterback. He was released in April.

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