ESPN is reporting the New York Mets will sign Tim Tebow to a minor league contract.
The Heisman-winning quarterback will be sent to the Arizona Fall League or the Instructional League to begin his professional baseball career.
Tebow, 29, hasn’t played baseball since his junior year in high school 11 years ago, but the former Florida Gators star is attempting to forge a pro career as an outfielder. He held an individual workout last week in Los Angeles that was attended by representatives of 28 of 30 major league teams.
The muscular, 255-pound former NFL quarterback impressed with his raw power – he hit one long home run during the workout — and above-average speed, though his swing and defensive skills would presumably need work.
Tebow won two national championships with the Florida Gators. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, but has not played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He went to training camp with the New England Patriots in 2013 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 but did not claim a roster spot either time.
He has been a college-football analyst at ESPN since December 2013.
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