Foxborough, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The New England Patriots have released quarterback Tim Tebow after his rocky showing in the preseason, several media outlets reported Saturday.
In his official Twitter account, Tebow thanked Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted and coached Tebow in Denver, for giving him the opportunity.
“I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” Tebow wrote on Twitter. If Tebow clears waivers, he will become a free agent and can sign with any team.
Since he was signed by the Patriots at the start of minicamp in June, his place was already in doubt as New England carried only two quarterbacks last season — Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett.
Tebow’s inconsistent showing in the preseason also did not help his standing with the team. He completed 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the preseason. Tebow also rushed 16 times for 91 yards and was sacked seven times.
In his NFL career, Tebow has completed 173 of 361 passes for 2,422 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 989 yards and 12 scores in his pro career.