Former quarterback and recently retired baseball player Tim Tebow is looking to get another chance in the NFL. But it won’t be under center this time. According to multiple reports, Tebow has agreed on a one-year deal in principle with the Jacksonville Jaguars and will play as a tight end. The move is expected to be official next week.
Tebow previously approached the Jags and asked for a trial at the tight end position. The team ended up giving the 33-year-old player a chance, and it appears he did enough to at least land a contract.
Jacksonville’s new head coach Urban Meyer is believed to have a major role in signing Tebow. Meyer previously coached Tebow at Florida, winning two national championships with him as the Gators’ quarterback.
Tebow, who grew up in Jacksonville, faces a tough job securing a place on the Jags’ roster despite his connections with Meyer. He hasn’t played football professionally since 2015, and he also has serious competition from the other five TEs who are on the Jaguars’ payroll.
Following his second national championship win with Florida, Tim Tebow was drafted 25th overall by the Denver Broncos in 2010. In his rookie season, Tebow led the Broncos to a playoff win and then posted a 7-4 record as a starter in his sophomore year.
During the 2012 offseason, Denver managed to land Peyton Manning in free agency and traded Tebow to the Jets. He managed to make just two starts in New York before bouncing around the league and ending his football career in 2015.
After retirement from NFL, Tebow worked as a college analyst while trying to make it as a professional baseball player. He then spent time with the New York Mets organization, playing in the minors.
Tebow announced his retirement from baseball in early 2021 despite receiving an invite to Mets’ spring training camp.