The Jaguars have made headlines recently when news broke they were trying to add one of the best quarterbacks in college football history to their roster. And it’s not Trevor Lawrence.
News broke on Monday that the Jaguars were expected to sign 33-year-old, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow as a tight end — nine years after he played his last regular-season snap as a quarterback. Jacksonville’s coach, Urban Meyer, was Tebow’s coach at Florida, so the two have a long-term connection.
Regardless, the roster move was generally perceived as odd. After all, Tebow spent the last five years of his life playing minor league baseball with MLB’s New York Mets, has only one career NFL target and has no experience as a tight end. Why take a chance on him at this point?
Reportedly, some Jaguars coaches feel the same way.
As detailed by ESPN’s Jeff Darlington on “Get Up”, there is a “serious disagreement” among Jacksonville’s staffers about Meyer bringing Tebow into the fold.
“There’s a serious disagreement within the building about the idea of Urban Meyer signing Tim Tebow,” Darlington said. “There are coaches on that staff who don’t want to see it happen. There are also those who are saying, it’s not that big of a deal, he’s probably not going to be on the roster Week 1. To which you would say, why do it at all?”
Darlington raises a good point. Why bring in Tebow if all of the coaches aren’t in on the decision? Sure, the team needs tight end help, but Darlington wondered if this was a “practical” solution for the team.
“Beyond the emotional side of this, beyond the wonders of why, is just the reality that it’s really not practical,” Darlington said. “It’s not likely to work. Urban Meyer would say, ‘Well hey, I’m going to add anyone to my team who has the potential to better this organization.’ To which you could look at it and say, ‘Well how is it going to better the organization?’ There’s just really not very much upside at all, to be quite honest.”
That said, Meyer tells a different story of Tebow coming to the team, claiming he wasn’t even there for the two original workouts in which he participated. Meyer, for what it’s worth, told Cris Collinsworth that those who saw Tebow in action raved about his athleticism.
“They come in and they said, ‘Wow. You know, this guy’s ball skills. He’s a great athlete. He looks like he’s 18 years old not … whatever he is, 33,'” Meyer said. “I said, ‘Guys, you don’t understand. Now, this guy is — he’s the most competitive maniac you’re ever going to talk to. And let’s give it a shot.’ And I have not decided if we’re going to do that or not yet.”
Only time will tell which of these perceptions prevails in the Jaguars’ locker room. Either way, watching Tebow attempt to make an NFL comeback, at a new position, a decade after TebowMania first took the league by storm, will be one of the more intriguing storylines of the NFL offseason.