If you thought the NFL world could go an offseason without uttering the words “Tim Tebow,” you are wrong.


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Word has quickly spread today thanks to Adam Schefter’s tweet that Tim Tebow is working out for the Philadelphia Eagles. Although he saw time in the preseason in 2013 with the New England Patriots before being cut at the start of the season, Tebow has not played in the NFL since his 2012 stint with the New York Jets.

Tebow, who has won fans for his play and demeanor but drawn ire at media outlets that covered him obsessively, had started his career very successfully. As a Florida Gator, he led the team to a BCS national championship and left Gainesville as a hero. His sophomore season as a Denver Bronco also continued the craze of “Tebowmania,” as his surprising and clutch late game performances took the NFL world by storm. No play better described the season than his game winning touchdown pass in the AFC Wild Card round against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime to help Denver move on in the playoffs.

But after Denver signed Peyton Manning, Tebow was sent off in a trade to the Jets. After a season of poor performances and mismanagement, the Tim Tebow experiment would only last one year in New York. He would sign with the rival Patriots prior to the 2013 season, but would be cut after a poor preseason as Tom Brady’s backup.

Tebow has since been an analyst on ESPN’s SEC Network and has won praise from sports media critics and college football fans for his work. However, the SEC Network has said that his contract does not preclude him from returning to the field, so the door is always open for him to going back to playing football.

The move to work out for the Philadelphia Eagles comes during an extremely active offseason for the team. Head coach Chip Kelly has let go of some popular players but has also brought in some other big names. At the moment, the Eagles have Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez as their quarterbacks. With Kelly’s mobile and high-tempo offense, Tebow could be seen as a fit if his workouts go well. If Tebow can get back to being successful after a frustrating two years on the field and a year off of it altogether, however, is yet to be seen.

UPDATE: Just a few minutes after this article was written, Adam Schefter was back with some more news out of Philadelphia:

Even if Philadelphia doesn’t sign him, today’s workouts might still be a sign that Tebow is looking to make his return to the field sometime soon.

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