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Why Tim Tebow Chose To Sign With The Mets

Tim Tebow is a New York Met.

Tim Tebow, 29, has signed a minor-league contract with the Mets. He'll begin playing for New York in the instructional league later this month.

"I know this is a tough game," Tebow said during a conference call with reporters. "But I'm looking forward to putting in the work and I felt like this was the best fit."

Tebow will be keeping his job with ESPN and the SEC Network while playing in the instructional league for the Mets.

"Tim is committed to his role at SEC Network and ESPN this fall," said Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vice president, event and studio production, in a statement. "We have always been supportive of Tim's athletic pursuits. His new schedule will allow him to continue as a college football analyst on SEC Nation this fall."

According to Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports 1, the Mets allowing Tebow to keep his role with ESPN is the reason he signed with them. Tebow reportedly had contract offers from 10 different teams, but the Mets were the only one who would let him keep his job with SEC Nation.

“Ten teams offered Tim Tebow a contract,” Cowherd said. “You’re hearing it here first. Ten teams were interested in Tim Tebow. Only one team — the New York Mets – was willing to let Tebow also do some television work.”

[The Big Lead]