- The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly set to sign Tim Tebow to a one-year deal to play tight end.
- It would reunite Tebow with his college coach, Urban Meyer, in his first season with the Jaguars.
- Tebow has not played an NFL snap since 2012.
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Tim Tebow is once again chasing his NFL dream.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network said on Monday that the Jacksonville Jaguars would sign Tebow to a one-year contract and that he’d attempt to make the roster as a tight end.
The move would reunite Tebow with first-year head coach Urban Meyer, who coached Tebow to a national championship while leading the Florida Gators in 2009.
Tebow’s journey as a professional athlete has been a long and winding one. After the Denver Broncos drafted him in the first round in 2010, Tebow briefly won the starting job but flamed out with the team. He was traded to the New York Jets in 2012 after the Broncos acquired Peyton Manning to be their starter.
Tebow bounced around the NFL as a backup and practice-squad player for another four seasons before shifting his attention to baseball, where he worked his way through the minor leagues with the New York Mets. Tebow also worked as a broadcaster for ESPN during his time away from football.
This time around, Tebow will attempt to earn a spot on the Jaguars’ roster as a tight end, a positional shift that many have suggested could’ve extended his initial stint in the NFL.
The Jaguars are in a bit of need at the position. While Jacksonville has five tight ends on its roster, four of them have combined for just 13 career NFL receptions. The fifth, James O’Shaughnessy, set career highs with the Jaguars last season with 28 receptions and 239.57m receiving.
Even with Jacksonville thin at tight end, Tebow still has plenty of work to do if he hopes to make the team’s active roster this fall. As ESPN’s Field Yates pointed out on Twitter, it has been 3,053 days since Tebow played in an NFL game.
Still, given his relationship with Meyer, there’s little doubt that Tebow would at least have a shot at competing for a roster spot.
More than a decade after their first championship together, Tebow and Meyer could be set to build something new.