Tim Tebow may have a future in the NFL after all. The New England Patriots seem to think so and plan to sign him Tuesday if he passes a physical.
He won’t be a starting quarterback, of course, with Tom Brady on hand. But certainly he’s an intriguing reclamation project — another chance for coach Bill Belichick to torture the New York Jets, who failed to find a role for Tebow last season.
A person familiar with the situation said Monday that Tebow will join the Patriots’ minicamp on Tuesday and sign with the team, pending the medical exam. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
Tebow won two BCS titles at Florida and was a first-round draft pick in 2010 by Denver. As a rookie, he threw just 82 passes in nine games, starting three. But in 2011, he started 11 games, throwing for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, and took the Broncos to a wild-card win over Pittsburgh before a 45-10 AFC divisional playoff loss to New England.
He was traded to New York the following offseason. Tebow threw eight passes for the Jets, completing six, ran 32 times for 102 yards and was used mostly to protect the punter.
SHOCKEY SETTLES: Former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey reached a settlement with a former teammate he sued over a bogus investment deal.
A court filing said Shockey and former Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs resolved their claims against former long snapper Kevin Houser. Terms were confidential.
“The parties are happy to have this behind them,” said Fred Herman, a lawyer for Shockey and Gibbs.
Several teammates and coaches sued Houser for allegedly advising them to invest roughly $1.9 million to buy nonexistent tax credits from a defunct movie studio.
BUFFALO CUTS JACKSON: Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel took a step forward in the competition to win the Bills’ starting job after the team released veteran Tarvaris Jackson.
Jackson’s departure leaves Manuel, the No. 16 pick in April’s draft, competing with Kevin Kolb, a sixth-year player the Bills signed in April.
CARIMI OFFICIALLY ON BOARD: Tackle Gabe Carimi passed a physical with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completing a trade that brought him to the team from the Chicago Bears.
The teams agreed to the deal involving the former first-round draft pick Sunday, pending a physical. Carimi joined the Bucs on Monday and is expected to participate in a mandatory minicamp that begins Tuesday.
JONES-DREW MUM ON BAR FIGHT: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t talking about his role in an alleged bar fight over Memorial Day weekend.
Jones-Drew answered questions for 15 minutes Monday, a day before a mandatory, three-day minicamp, but declined to offer any details about what happened at a St. Augustine, Fla., restaurant/bar last month. Jones-Drew has not been charged with any crime.
“Obviously, it’s an ongoing investigation,” he said. “I’ve been advised not to talk about it. It’s an unfortunate situation.”
Off the field
MERRIMAN OK AFTER HOSPITAL VISIT: Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman was taken by ambulance from a Los Angeles nightclub to a hospital Sunday to be treated for dehydration, his publicist said.
Merriman returned to the club after receiving fluids at the hospital, his publicist, Denise White, said in an email. He had just gotten off a plane after filming a movie in Canada, White said.
Around the league
Court documents show Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested and jailed on an assault charge after police said he tried to hurt a woman. A police complaint said Jones is accused of striking the Cincinnati woman shortly before midnight June 5. Jones was released on his own recognizance, with his arraignment on the misdemeanor charge set for Tuesday. ... Fullback Vonta Leach tweeted that his time with the Ravens is over, expecting to be cut or traded soon after the sides could not work out an agreement on his salary for next season. ... The Bears waived fullback Evan Rodriguez after he was charged with driving under the influence last month. ... A court date was scheduled for June 21 for Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent after prosecutors said he tested positive for marijuana.