NFL roundup: Patriots release Tim Tebow
Reuters Monday, September 2, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
The New England Patriots released quarterback Tim Tebow on Saturday, placed veteran safety Adrian Wilson on injured reserve and will keep tight end Rob Gronkowski on their 53-man roster.
Tebow completed 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the preseason.
He was competing for the Patriots' backup spot to Tom Brady, but did not provide a serious enough challenge to Ryan Mallett.
Tebow took to Twitter shortly after his release to say he still believes he can play football in the NFL.
"I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback," Tebow wrote.
Gronkowski is not expected to be ready for at least the first two games of the season, but will not be placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
The team believes Gronkowski has made enough progress in recovering from forearm and back surgeries that he should be able to play within the first six weeks, according to ESPNBoston.com.
A 12-year NFL veteran, Wilson signed with the Patriots as a free agent after spending his entire career with the Arizona Cardinals.
He was listed second at safety on the Pats' depth chart. He suffered a hamstring injury early in the preseason but managed to play through it in the final three preseason games.
By placing Wilson on injured reserve, it buys the Patriots some time to make a decision on what to do with him, especially since he has a US$1 million base salary that the team would be responsible for if he is activated.
The Green Bay Packers released quarterback Vince Young on Saturday, NFL.com reported.
The move is somewhat surprising as it leaves B.J. Coleman as the only other quarterback on the roster besides starter Aaron Rodgers. The team released Graham Harrell a week ago.
Young got plenty of playing and practice time in the preseason. In the exhibition finale, a 30-8 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Young completed 14 of 30 passes for 144 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Young, 30, a former first-round draft pick and a two-time Pro Bowl participant, last played in the NFL in 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was cut by the Buffalo Bills in training camp last August.
After two years of patience, the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday finally gave up on 2011 fourth-round pick Tandon Doss, giving the wide receiver his release, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
Last season, while he appeared in 18 games (including playoffs), he made just seven catches for 123 yards. He did not catch a pass this preseason.
The Carolina Panthers reportedly released quarterback Jimmy Clausen and cornerback Drayton Florence on Saturday.
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