Tim Tebow is expected to return to professional football next season. The 33-year-old athlete is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars to play tight end, according to ESPN, though an official deal reportedly has not yet been reached.
Over the weekend, coach Urban Meyer shared that coaching staff would meet on Sunday to discuss Tebow joining the team. Meyer has hinted that Tebow will eventually get a spot on the 90-man roster but no time-frame has been publicly released.
Tebow, an outspoken Christian, has never played this position before. During his previous three-year stint in the NFL, he was a quarterback. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner has not been on an official league roster since 2015, when he failed to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ final team. From there, he launched a five-year Minor League Baseball career with the New York Mets organization. He retired in February.
Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer coached Tebow when he was on the Florida Gators from 2006 until 2009. Meyer said recently that Tebow worked out with the Jaguars.
“He worked out with our tight ends coach,” Meyer told reporters. “I stopped by, did not stay for the whole workout. I have one job, and that is to win games with the Jacksonville Jaguars. If Tebow or Travis Etienne can help us win, then that’s my job to get them ready to play.”
Tony Khan, chief football strategy officer for the Jaguars, recently said on the Bleacher Report podcast that Tebow has worked out as a tight end.
“That’s not a position that we’ve seen him play,” Khan said, “but that’s a position that he’s been practicing with us. Obviously, Urban knows Tim really well, and Tim has got a great history of winning. Urban really believes he can help us, and I think it makes a lot of sense. And it’s a position where we need to get better.”
Several critics have complained that Tebow has been given an opportunity to return to football before the controversial Colin Kaepernick.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice