The New York Mets announced that the club has signed outfielder Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. Tebow, who turned 29 on August 14, will participate in the Mets Instructional League in Port St. Lucie, FL.
The AP reports that Tebow received a $100,000 signing bonus from the Mets.
As a quarterback, Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida. He was a member of the 2006 and 2008 National Championship teams with the Gators. Tebow played for the Broncos and Jets in the NFL from 2010-2012 and was with the Patriots (2013) and Eagles (2015) in pre-season.
He was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010 but was heavily criticized for his throwing motion but was a solid runner. The Broncos traded him to the NY Jets in 2012 after signing QB Peyton Manning.
As junior at Nease High School (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) in 2005, Tebow batted .448 with four home runs and 25 RBI and was named All-First Coast by The Florida Times-Union. The 6-3, 255-pounder skipped his senior season to enroll early at Florida. Tebow bats and throws lefthanded.