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Patriots clear roster spot for Tebow, drop Mike Kafka

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The Patriots haven’t made any announcement about signing Tim Tebow as of yet, but they did announce a couple of roster moves that open up space on the 90-man roster for the former Broncos and Jets quarterback.

New England announced that they have released quarterback Mike Kafka and defensive lineman Dewayne Cherrington. With Kafka gone, the Patriots are down to two quarterbacks on the roster which suggests that Tebow will be coming to town as a quarterback as opposed to giving up the position that many people believe he can’t play well enough at the NFL level.

Kafka didn’t play in the NFL last season and signed with the Patriots just after the end of the regular season. He played four games with the Eagles in 2011, completing 11-of-16 passes in a reserve role. Where he might go next is anybody’s guess, but Tebow’s former employers in New Jersey have shown interest in plenty of quarterbacks this offseason. Should they decide that the competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith needs a metamorphosis, they could make this a near swap between the AFC East teams.

That might be a long shot, but it seemed that way for Tebow and the Patriots not that long ago as well.

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36 Responses to “Patriots clear roster spot for Tebow, drop Mike Kafka”
  1. wrathofgodzilla says: Jun 10, 2013 5:30 PM

    Wow. Did the pats not learn from the Jets???

  2. newenglandsports11 says: Jun 10, 2013 5:30 PM

    On the bright side for us Pats fans: We get the Jets playbook of 2 plays (Sanchez pick, Sanchez fumble)!

  3. karlton3 says: Jun 10, 2013 5:30 PM

    I’m sorry, but getting cut to make room for Tim Tebow is a career ender for a QB.

  4. weepingjebus says: Jun 10, 2013 5:31 PM

    If there’s a way to arrange it so that Tebow sacks Peyton Manning, I think Belichick will find it.

  5. thebluu says: Jun 10, 2013 5:33 PM

    Will Mallett give #15 to Tebow? I don’t think so. Look for it to be a sideline story about nothing

  6. thingamajig says: Jun 10, 2013 5:36 PM

    Camp body, doubt if he makes the final 53.

  7. wwwmattcom says: Jun 10, 2013 5:36 PM

    Jets should pick up Kafka. They need help wherever they can get it.

  8. ampats says: Jun 10, 2013 5:37 PM

    Belichick/McDaniels will have Tebow all over the field.

  9. jtbaudendistel says: Jun 10, 2013 5:38 PM

    Mr. Kafka, how does it feel to lose your job? You can always starting Tebowing. I hear God answers prayers

  10. jayreiterman says: Jun 10, 2013 5:38 PM

    This sounds like a bad dream.

  11. rootintootinnootin says: Jun 10, 2013 5:42 PM

    McDaniels drafted Tebow and is the offensive coordinator for the Pats.

    Not hard to put two and two together on that one, especially when McDaniels believed enough in Tebow to draft him in the first round.

  12. randy2054 says: Jun 10, 2013 5:43 PM

    to mike kafka start learning the words to o canada winnipeg will luv u

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 10, 2013 5:44 PM

    Perfect spot for Timmy T. If there is anywhere he can blend into the woodwork while he polishes his craft it is with the Patriots. Plus he has Josh McDaniels as his OC.

  14. remyje says: Jun 10, 2013 5:44 PM

    Brady is going to throw an interception and Tebow mania is going to start calling for Tebow

  15. spedman24 says: Jun 10, 2013 5:44 PM

    Poor guy ala Drew Stanton last year. The circus is in town!!!!! Pats look like complete fools here. Comical all those pats fans came out of the woodworks even though they can’t win unless Tebow is good with a camera. Here comes the clown car…love it.

  16. remyje says: Jun 10, 2013 5:47 PM

    Matter of fact, every time Brady messes up I’m sending a group text to every patriot fan I know saying “PUT TEBOW IN”

  17. mec693 says: Jun 10, 2013 5:47 PM

    I thought you were out of my life and here you are again.. Iofficially hate tim tebow

  18. breastfedted says: Jun 10, 2013 5:47 PM

    I’m so glad I don’t have ESPN any more

  19. cheffyglenn says: Jun 10, 2013 5:58 PM

    Great signing. Hope he learns from Brady and succeeds.

  20. Jag says: Jun 10, 2013 6:01 PM

    How low do you reckon Mike Kafka’s self esteem is right now?

  21. malvaren18 says: Jun 10, 2013 6:01 PM

    So let me get this straight Bronco’s sign Welker and the Patriots decide to sign Tebow, I guess I can live with that.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 10, 2013 6:13 PM

    Roger Goodell just threw out his back high fiving the secretaries at NFL headquarters.

  23. randygnyc says: Jun 10, 2013 6:24 PM

    I’ve been a giants fan for nearly 50 years. I’m a Tebow fan, too, who hoped he would be successful on the much hated Jets. I’ll cheer for his success on the equally hated Patriots (anything Boston related, except Tebow). GO PATS.

    Ps: who’s got the good tickets?

  24. nightofthehipple says: Jun 10, 2013 6:28 PM

    Kafka will end up with the Jets.

  25. atepper001 says: Jun 10, 2013 6:44 PM

    nice subtle connection there alper… metamorphosis / kafka. about the only thing i remember from lit 101 in college

  26. jag8r904 says: Jun 10, 2013 6:53 PM

    So was Ryan Mallett released or is he no longer playing quarterback?

  27. thegonz13 says: Jun 10, 2013 7:25 PM

    Poor Kafka must be wondering what the hell is wrong with him if he loses his job to one of the worst pop-gun arm QB’s I’ve seen in recent memory!

  28. hooterdawg says: Jun 10, 2013 9:21 PM

    If the Pats sign Tebow, both Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports and this site have a lot of egg on their faces. Various writers on this site have claimed that Tebow is washed up in the NFL, and could only hope for a job in the AFL or CFL. PFT also promoted Silver’s opinion that Belichick hates Tebow.

  29. hooterdawg says: Jun 10, 2013 9:26 PM

    Kafka got cut to make room for Tebow. If Tebow ends up being a successful TE for the Pats, it could be a Metamorphosis (indirectly) credited to Kafka.

  30. frankdatank23 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:09 PM

    The hate/love fest now can grow and prosper once again !

  31. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 10, 2013 10:17 PM

    thingamajig:

    Is he a camp body or not? Camp bodies are something beyond doubtful to make a roster, that’s why they get denigrated to the label of “camp” body. Sounds like you aren’t sure he’s just a camp body. You should revise your position and tell us where you stand. For now I’ll just classify you by assumption as a “Tebow lover”.

  32. joegudeman says: Jun 10, 2013 10:21 PM

    What a crock. Bringing in a clown to sell training camp and preseason tickets. Hope Kafka gets another shot.

  33. jag8r904 says: Jun 10, 2013 11:30 PM

    @thebluu Tebow was #5 at Nease High School and only wore 15 bc Bubba Caldwell already had 5. So he’ll probably just go back to 5…or 7.

  34. kgb108 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:32 AM

    I’m surprised only one other person got the Kafka/metamorphosis slip in there. Oh wait, no I’m not. This is after all pft.

  35. coryfor3 says: Jun 11, 2013 7:07 AM

    Not saying anything about Tebow but Kafka has a lot to offer a team.

  36. dbsons says: Jun 11, 2013 10:05 AM

    Patriots will make it work with Tebow,They always Do

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