It’s been a busy pre-season period for the NFL’s worst franchise from last season. With the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft the Jacksonville Jaguars made the obvious pick in landing Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the new face of their franchise.
With former Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer installed as the new head coach in Jacksonville, they then selected Travis Etienne, Lawrence’s running back companion from Clemson with their second pick of the First Round.
Other picks followed in what was generally perceived as a good draft for the Jags, but it has been their pursuit of a retired player that has made the headlines in Jacksonville recently.
That’s because it is rumored that former NFL quarterback and Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow could be set to make a return to professional football, although this time as a tight end, rather than a quarterback.
The Jaguars are expected to sign Tim Tebow to a one-year contract to play tight end, first reported by NFL Network and confirmed by ESPN.
Tebow did not play TE in high school, college or in his previous three-year NFL career. https://t.co/OiAYG5CVsr
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 10, 2021
TEBow Set For Return?
Since Meyer returned to the Jacksonville area, where he had so much success as the Gators head coach, there has been a swirl of rumors that Tebow was a player he would be interested in coaching again.
After a short NFL career with the Broncos, Jets, Patriots and Eagles, Tebow left the NFL in 2015 after pre-season when he was cut by the Eagles. He has since been working as a broadcaster and also trying to make a career for himself in professional baseball.
Earlier on in his NFL career, coaches had suggested Tebow consider switching position from quarterback, but the Gator legend was adamant he wanted to be the signal caller.
However, the chance to reunite with the coach that he played under that led to two National Championship titles for the Gators, looks likely to be too enticing an opportunity to turn down.
Even if that means he will try to make the roster as a Tight End.
It looks likely Tebow will be given a one-year deal with the Jaguars and then given an opportunity to compete for playing time with five other Tight Ends on the Jaguars roster, which looks like being tough competition for someone who has never played an NFL down in the position.
The Jags selected Luke Farrell in the fifth round of the draft this year and he was expected to be the main option at Tight End along with Tyler Davis and James O’Shaughnessy. They also snagged Chris Manhertz in Free Agency and they also have Ben Ellefson on the roster too.
While these other players will have a better understanding of the position and a more refined skill-set as a Tight End than Tebow, the one thing they lack is a huge following in the Jacksonville area.
Indeed, there are some that think that signing Tebow is less about improving the team, and more about encouraging more local support for the Jaguars, who are Tebow’s hometown team.
The Florida Gators star is still massively respected and admired in this part of the Sunshine State for his exploits with the Gators and for a relatively small one-year contract, the deal could be a win/win situation for the head coach and the player.