All that talk about TIM TEBOW'S NFL career being over was WRONG . . . because Tebow just got signed by the New England Patriots. He's expected to be at minicamp today. (And so will the media, no doubt.)

There's no official word how he'll be used, but CBS Sports says he'll, quote, "study a great deal of tight end."

However, the Patriots did release a quarterback . . . Mike Kafka . . . to make room for him on the roster.

Obviously, TOM BRADY doesn't have to worry about losing his starting job. RYAN MALLETT has been his backup QB for the past two seasons.

Interestingly enough, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in 2010, when he was head coach of the Denver Broncos.

After playing two seasons with the Broncos, Tebow spent last year with the New York Jets, where he was barely used. They released him in April.