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NFL NOTEBOOK: Patriots to sign Tebow; ex-NFL star wideout Ochocinco gets jail after inexplicable courtroom blunder

Tim Tebow looks like he’s no longer unemployed and headed to Foxborough, Mass., where he’ll rejoin Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was head coach of Denver when the Broncos drafted Tebow out of UF.

Tim Tebow looks like he’s no longer unemployed and headed to Foxborough, Mass., where he’ll rejoin Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was head coach of Denver when the Broncos drafted Tebow out of UF.

The New England Patriots plan to sign quarterback Tim Tebow, several media outlets reported Monday.

Tebow is expected to take part in the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp today, 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.

“I wouldn’t get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent,” Belichick said at the time, breaking form by entertaining any conversation about a player not under contract with the Patriots. “Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible.”

Belichick then added: “It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”

Belichick covets what he has described as tough, smart, versatile football players.

Tebow’s last NFL start came while he was with the Broncos in a lopsided playoff loss in Foxborough to the Patriots following the 2011 season.

Tebow, 25, was released by the New York Jets in April following a season as the backup to Mark Sanchez.

He played in 12 games for the Jets last season 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.

The Broncos beat Pittsburgh in a first-round playoff game that season when Tebow threw a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime. Denver lost in the next round to New England, 45-10, when Tebow completed just 9 of 26 passes and rushed for 13 yards.


Un-amused judge sends ex-NFL star WR Johnson to jail for 30 days after he slaps attorney on rear end

MIAMI — Former NFL star wideout 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 when McHugh asked if Johnson had been happy with his representation. Johnson said he was, then — as football teammates often do — he slapped his lawyer’s rear end, which was followed by the courtroom erupting in laughter.

The only one not laughing? That’d be McHugh.

McHugh didn’t accept Johnson’s apology and said he wasn’t taking the proceedings seriously. She rejected the no-jail-time plea deal and promptly sentenced Johnson to 30 days in county jail.

Johnson, 35, said the violation was a result of miscommunication with his probation officer.

Johnson was arrested and pleaded no contest for head-butting Lozada, a reality TV star on “The Basketball Wives,” during an argument in their driveway over Johnson’s fidelity just one month into their marriage. The couple immediately divorced, Johnson was released by the Miami Dolphins and was not picked up by any team last season after that.