Report: Tim Tebow getting second NFL chance with Jaguars
The Jaguars are planning to sign Florida Gators legend Tim Tebow to a one-year contract to play tight end, according to the NFL Network.
The deal is not expected to become official until next week after the team's three-day rookie minicamp that begins on Friday.
Tebow has not been on an NFL roster since 2015, when he failed to make the Philadelphia Eagles' final 53-man squad for the regular season.
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Tebow will be reunited with Urban Meyer, who coached him at Florida from 2006 and 2009. A Heisman Trophy winner in 2007, Tebow helped the Gators win two national championships as their starting quarterback.
Since Meyer came out of a two-year retirement to take the Jaguars job in January, there has been speculation that Tebow would join the franchise in some capacity. Meyer's obvious admiration for Tebow is deep. Meyer and his wife have purchased a home in Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club that's on the same street as Tebow's home.
Tebow was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 25th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft but played just three years in the NFL — two with the Broncos, one with the New York Jets.
He played 12 games, including two starts, with the New York Jets before was released in 2012.
Meyer acknowledged after the draft on May 1 that Tebow had recently worked out with the Jaguars.
''He worked out with our tight ends coach,'' Meyer said. ''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.''
With Tebow, who will turn 34 on Aug. 14, there is uncertainty about his impact as a tight end, considering he has never played the position before on the NFL level. But there's no question about his potential locker room presence as a leader, especially on young players, and his work ethic will be beneficial.
Tony Khan, the Jaguars chief football strategy officer, recently spoke about the Jaguars' interest in Tebow on a Bleacher Report podcast with Taylor Rooks.
''Tim has come in and worked out as a tight end. That's not a position that we've seen him play, but it's a position that he's been practicing at with us,'' Khan said. ''So that will be interesting to see how that contributes to us on offense, too. 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."
The Jaguars didn't address one of the biggest needs in free agency or the draft in acquiring a pass-catching tight end. In free agency, Jacksonville signed former Carolina Panthers tight end Chris Manhertz to a two-year, $7.25 million deal. Manhertz has only 12 career catches, but his strength is run blocking.
In the draft, the Jaguars selected former Ohio State tight end Luke Farrell in the fifth round. Farrell, who played two seasons for Meyer at Ohio State, was primarily a blocker and special teams player. He had 34 catches for 380 yards in four seasons with the Buckeyes.
Tebow looked to give football another try after announcing his retirement from professional baseball in February after five seasons. He started with the New York Mets organization in 2016, making it to Triple-A, the highest minor level.