Bill Belichick apparently wasn't blowing smoke when he challenged Mike Silver's report that he hated Tim Tebow as a football player.
Turns out, he likes Tebow enough to sign him in time for the Pats' minicamp - with some reporting the intention is to use him as a quarterback.
The move will reunite Tebow with the man who drafted him in Denver, Josh McDaniels, who is in his second stint as New England's offensive coordinator.
Is he a possible successor to Tom Brady as the Pats' starting quarterback? Obviously, we don't think so.
According to Mike Freeman, Belichick & Co. agree, and plan to use him as a tight end, where many pundits have thought Tebow belonged since before Denver blew a first-round pick on the Heisman winner.
But a devastating goal-line or short-yardage threat?
That depends upon whether the Pats can control the message and the media environment enough to keep Tebow's presence from blowing up in their faces, as it did in Denver and New Jersey.
And if anyone can pull that off, it has to be Bill Belichick's tight-lipped squad - the one that apparently kept Wes Welker from being true to himself.
As noted by Gregg Rosenthal, New England is sure to be getting Tebow signed without a guarantee. After all, the Jets already paid him his 2013 salary, and there hasn't exactly been a big market for his services, at least outside the CFL and AFL.
New England will host the Jets on Thursday Night Football in Week 2, visit them in Week 7, and host the Broncos in Week 12 on Sunday Night Football.
So, the Pats get to take a three-day looksie at the NFL's most controversial player, and if they like what they see - and don't mind the media swarm that's sure to arrive tonight - they can keep him around longer.
If not, they can just as quickly move on without him, with nothing lost.
- The Pats waived QB Mike Kafka and DL Dewayne Cherrington on Monday
- Dan Shanoff thinks New England is where Tebow should have been all along
- Mike Reiss expects Belichick to enjoy squashing the Tebow media horde
- Matt Yoder is less than excited about all the terrible media coverage he's going to have to cover over at Awful Announcing
- Nate Davis measures the positives and negatives of the move
- Some reaction from around the Twittersphere
- Will Brinson isn't sure Tebow will stick, but he sees several factors that support the acquisition
- Christmas Ape is predictably unhappy and would like to see Belichick cut Timmy on Christmas
- James Walker suggests this is a signing made out of desperation, and that the Patriots won't contend in 2013
- Dan Wetzel believes the media is solely to blame for the Tebow circus, and he thinks New England is the ideal place for Timmy to learn to play quarterback
- Jarrett Bell thinks Belichick is relishing the chance to show that he can turn Teebs into a useful NFL player
- Chris Weinke has been working with Tebow on his faulty mechanics, and of course, thinks he's found the magic cure - in his disastrous footwork
- Jason Lisk thinks Teebs + Gronk is a match made in heaven
- Mike Tanier has already penned his August 31 column describing Timmy's release by the Patriots
- Chris Burke says this could be Tebow's last chance in the NFL
- Ashley Fox doesn't think it will work out for Timmy in New England, but she says it will have been Belichick's mostly unlikely feat if it does
- Clark Judge figures the Pats have little to lose at this point
- Pete Prisco sees loads of hubris in this signing, but also a favor to Belichick's good friend Urban Meyer
- Mike Freeman offers five reasons why the acquisition will be a success
- Gregg Rosenthal tops Freeman with six reasons of his own
- Jason La Canfora thinks the Pats will be able to prevent a circuslike atmosphere
- Ben Shpigel says Tebow is just another in a long line of toxic players signed by the Pats as reclamation projects
- The NFL.com staff is ready to declare that Tebow will make New England's 53-man roster
- Brian Billick thinks the signing will work out for both parties
- Mike Silver is sticking with his report that Belichick thinks Tebow is a terrible football player, and he's not sure the Hoodie can contain the circus
Updated 10:00pm ET