The New England Patriots plan to sign quarterback Tim Tebow, ESPN reported Monday.
Tebow is expected to take part in the Patriots' mandatory minicamp Tuesday, according to the report. He will work out as a quarterback, although there is no indication how the Patriots plan to use Tebow.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the Denver Broncos head coach when the Broncos drafted Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Just last month, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick strongly denied a published report that claimed he "hated" Tebow as a player.
Belichick, who is close friends with Tebow's college coach Urban Meyer, was responding to a Yahoo! Sports report that claimed there was "no chance" the Patriots would sign the out-of-work quarterback. Citing a source, that report said Belichick "hated" Tebow as a player.
Tebow, 25, was released by the New York Jets in April following a season as a backup to Mark Sanchez. He played in 12 games for the Jets and completed 6 of 8 passes for 39 yards.
Tebow had a 7-4 record in 11 regular-season starts for the Broncos in 2011, completing 46.5 percent of his passes and rushing for 660 yards.
---A representative of former Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman called reports of a drug overdose "absurd" after Merriman was released from a hospital.
Merriman, who was seen partying at a Hollywood night club Sunday night, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center about 9:30 p.m. and released a few hours later.
Reports surfaced Monday morning that Merriman had overdosed on drugs, but he said he was simply dehydrated. Merriman contacted TMZ to deny the earlier media reports.
Merriman, 29, retired in March.
---Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was charged with assault stemming from an incident outside of a downtown Cincinnati bar in which he allegedly struck a woman in the face in self-defense.
Jones, who said he was at the bar after taking in a Reds game, announced via Twitter that he was arrested last week and had planned to turn himself in Monday.
Jones, who was suspended in 2007 for off-field issues, has been arrested three times since October 2010, but he was cleared of all wrongdoing other than a $250 fine for disorderly conduct outside of a nightclub on July 9, 2011.
---Running back Maurice Jones-Drew said at a press conference that no one knows what his future holds entering the final season of his contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
What isn't in his short-term future is practice, as he'll continue to play spectator during minicamp this week while recovering from foot surgery.
Jones-Drew, speaking for the first time since a May 26 incident in which he allegedly knocked out a security guard, was advised to avoid discussion about that ongoing legal matter.
---Chad Johnson was ordered to serve 30 days in jail for violating the terms of his probation in the domestic violence case involving his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada.
Johnson expected to serve no time with a plea deal in the works, but Broward County (Fla.) judge Kathleen McHugh threw out the deal when Johnson jovially slapped his attorney's rear end during the court session. McHugh didn't accept Johnson's apology and said Johnson wasn't taking the proceedings seriously.
--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired offensive tackle Gabe Carimi from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 2014 sixth-round draft pick.
Carimi, a first-round draft pick in 2011 who started 14 games for the Bears last season, decided to train on his own in Arizona and not attend Chicago's organized team activities.
The Bucs also waived tackle Nick Speller.
The Bears waived fullback Evan Rodriguez, signed veteran lead blocker Tony Fiammetta and brought back wide receiver Devin Aromashodu.
---Free safety Jairus Byrd plans to skip the Buffalo Bills' mandatory minicamp this week.
Byrd, designated the Bills' franchise player on March 1, said he'll stay away from the team until he has a contract.
Byrd isn't considered a holdout, but an unsigned franchise free agent. That means he cannot practice, by virtue of not signing his one-year, $6.9 million franchise tender with the Bills.
---The San Francisco 49ers announced that they signed fullback Jason Schepler to a three-year deal.
The team waived fullback Alex Debniak to make room on the roster for Schepler.
The 49ers had signed Debniak as an undrafted free agent on May 7.