Tebow bows out with Pats

McClatchy news servicesSeptember 1, 2013 

A Heisman Trophy at Florida, an overtime wild-card playoff victory for Denver, an international following.

Tim Tebow won all that in his football career.

On Saturday, he lost his third NFL job in 18 months. It might be hard to find another.

The quarterback with two big problems — throwing the ball and reading defenses — was cut by the New England Patriots less than 12 weeks after they signed him and just five days before the season.

But, as Tebow sees it, his long journey is not over.

“I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” he tweeted.

Coach Bill Belichick gave the player whose profile was higher than his production what may have been his last chance when he signed him June 11, the day the Patriots’ three-day minicamp began. And Tebow is grateful.

He thanked Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and owner Robert Kraft, who said last Tuesday he was “rooting” for Tebow but would let Belichick make the decision.

In his tweet, Tebow thanked the “entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a classy organization.”

Belichick didn’t comment on Tebow’s release.

But NFL.com analyst and former NFL executive Gil Brandt wasn’t surprised.

“He has had a great career and I think it’s probably time for him to admit that he just wasn’t right up to NFL standards,” Brandt said.

MILLER IN, DWYER OUT

Heath Miller’s surgically repaired right knee is good to go for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Running back Jonathan Dwyer is just gone.

Miller, the Steelers’ two-time Pro Bowl tight end who tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee in December against Cincinnati, was activated off the physically unable to perform list. It cleared the way for him to play in the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 8.

Miller, 30, caught a team-high 71 passes for 819 yards and eight scores in 2012.

Dwyer led the Steelers with 623 yards rushing a year ago, but he became expendable after the Steelers traded with Philadelphia for Felix Jones.

EXTRA POINTS

The Cowboys put safety Matt Johnson, a Tumwater High School graduate, on the season-ending injured reserve list because of a foot injury. … The Chargers released wide receiver Robert Meachem, who is still due a guaranteed $5 million salary this season. He caught only 14 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns last season. … The Texans moved nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed to the active roster from the physically unable to perform list. Reed spent all of camp recovering from offseason hip surgery. … The Panthers waived quarterback Jimmy Clausen, a former second-round draft pick, in a move that leaves former Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson as the backup. … Veteran quarterback Vince Young, vying for a backup job with the Packers, was released . … Former first-round pick Danny Watkins, a firefighter before the Eagles drafted the offensive lineman 23rd overall in 2011, was released. … The Browns cut veteran Shayne Graham and released rookie Brandon Bogotay, leaving the club without a kicker as it approaches the Sept. 8 season opener against the Dolphins. … The 49ers released two-time Pro Bowl selection Brian Jennings, the team’s long snapper for the past 13 seasons.

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