Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer are apparently getting back together, this time in the NFL. The former Florida star and 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is expected to team up with his college coach by signing a one-year contract to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. the NFL Network reported Monday. The chain said that the agreement “could be official in the next week”.
The 33-year-old Tebow would return to the NFL after a stint in baseball with the minor league teams of the New York Mets and would play for Meyer for the first time since his senior year in 2009.
However, the meeting would come with a twist. Tebow would join the Jaguars as a tight end. He changed positions after retiring from baseball in February. He worked for Jacksonville a week later. Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke apparently wait until after this weekend’s rookie minicamp to close the deal.
Tebow, who grew up in Jacksonville, could fill a big void with his hometown team. The Jaguars decided not to pick a team option on veteran Tyler Eifert’s contract and traded 2019 draft pick Josh Oliver to Baltimore. They signed run-blocking specialist Chris Manhertz in free agency, recovered James O’Shaughnessy and selected Luke Farrell from Ohio State in the fifth round.
Those were considered minor moves after Meyer promised to completely revamp the pool of positions. Tebow, at least, would add a touch.
“It will be interesting to see how that contributes to the offense,” Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan said recently. “Obviously Urban knows Tim very well, and Tim has a great winning story. Urban really thinks he can help us, and I think it makes a lot of sense. And it is a position in which we must improve. “
But how much can an athlete on the wrong side of 30 who has never played the position bring to the team? Tebow’s value could mean as much off the field as it is on.
Meyer has repeatedly said that signing players who already know his methodology would be helpful in the first year. Tebow would become the sixth player on Jacksonville’s roster who previously played for Meyer, joining Farrell, running back Carlos Hyde, guard Andrew Norwell, defensive end Lerentee McCray. and defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton.
Tebow played quarterback for Meyer between 2006 and 2009, helping the Gators win two national championships and becoming one of the most recognizable and polarizing athletes in college sports.
He was selected in the first round of the draft by Denver in 2010, but his long stint led to a short NFL career. He spent time with the Broncos, the New York Jets, New England and Philadelphia. His last NFL game came with the Jets in 2012. They cut him in April 2013, three months after then-Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said he would not sign Tebow “even if they release him.”
Tebow has received rock star media coverage at every NFL stop and may receive as much attention in Jacksonville as franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the top pick in the 2021 draft.
Tebow won a playoff game with Denver in 2012, but never became a consistent NFL starter. He turned down several suggested tight end moves, and even asked Meyer for guidance before switching sports and joining the Mets.
“When I was a quarterback in the NFL, that was a big topic,” Meyer said late in the draft. “He was so busy that I couldn’t give him time. ‘What do you think? What do you think?’ And I did not know. He was too busy to even think about it.
“I know how to play a position in the NFL without [experience], that’s a long shot. This was years ago. “
But when Tebow asked about a return to the NFL in February, Meyer invited him to the facility for a workout. Meyer made it clear that he also didn’t feel he owed Tebow anything.
“I have a job and that is to win games with the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Meyer said. “If Tim Tebow or Travis Etienne can help us win, then it’s my job to prepare them to play.”
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