Is Tim Tebow joining Jaguars coach Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence? Here's what we know.
Jaguars GM Trent Baalke said Tim Tebow worked out as a TE and that's the position he will be playing
On the same day, the Jaguars were expected to get the quarterback situation stabilized by drafting Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick, news surfaced about Tim Tebow having a recent workout with the franchise.
And Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke confirmed late Thursday night that Tebow could be reuniting with Urban Meyer in the NFL with the Jaguars - not as a quarterback but playing tight end instead.
A former Heisman Trophy winner in 2007, Tebow played quarterback at Florida under Urban Meyer from 2006 through 2009, helping the Gators win two national championships.
''He did come in for a workout several weeks ago or whatever that was,'' Baalke said. ''He worked out as a tight end and that’s the position he’ll be playing. Right now, where it stands, we’re going to get through the draft and our whole focus, quite honestly, has been on the draft. We’ll worry about that when the draft is over.”
It was Tebow who reached out to the Jaguars to give him a tryout to play tight end that Meyer granted. Meyer's admiration for Tebow is deep. Meyer and his wife have reportedly purchased a home in Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club that's on the same street as Tebow's home.
Tebow remains a megastar on the First Coast and if he was able to make the Jaguars roster for this upcoming season he would be drawing attraction for fans similar to what's ahead for franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NFL Draft.
Fans on the First Coast, and many others nationwide, connect to Tebow because of his wholesome, clean-cut image.
How to watch:Where to find the NFL Draft — all three days of it — on TV, live stream
Other options:Jaguars may select playmaking tight end like Pat Freiermuth in NFL Draft
Opinion:Why Tebow trying out at tight end might be a good idea
But at 33, it still could be a stretch for Tebow to successfully restart his NFL career in Jacksonville. He has not played in the NFL since 2012. He played 12 games, including two starts, with the New York Jets before was released.
Afterward, Tebow tried to return to the NFL in 2013 but was released by the New England Patriots in 2013 during training camp and he failed to make the Philadelphia Eagles' 53-man regular-season roster in 2015 towards the end of their camp.
After his two failed attempts to return to the NFL, Tebow made a career switch in 2016 to play professional baseball with the New York Mets organization. It was the first time since his junior year of high school playing baseball. He made it to Triple-A, the highest minor level, but in February he announced his retirement after five seasons.
He ended his baseball career batting .233 in 287 games, including batting .163 with three home runs in 77 games with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse.
Now, Tebow is willing to make another adjustment with his willingness to play tight end for the first time in the NFL. For the Jaguars, the tight end is a position of need. The unit combined for just two touchdowns last season that Tyler Eifert caught. In 2019, only James O'Shaughnessy (2) and Nick O'Leary (1) caught TD passes.
Whether Tebow can make enough impact with the Jaguars if he's signed to land a roster spot for this upcoming season is anybody's guess but Meyer appears willing to give him a shot to see.