Report: Jacksonville Jaguars Making a Play to Land Tim Tebow at Trade Deadline
Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Steve Wrigley of CBS 47 News, a local Jacksonville TV station, is reporting that the Jacksonville Jaguars and new owner Shad Khan are making a run at landing the NFL's most polarizing personality: Tim Tebow.
This is not the first time that Jacksonville and Tebow have been linked.
The Jaguars made a run at landing Tebow this offseason when the Denver Broncos put him on the trading block, but Tebow chose to take his circus (via profootballtalk.nbcsports.com) to the Jets instead.
It was even speculated that the Jaguars would choose Tebow in the 2010 draft, but he was surprisingly snatched up by Denver in the first round.
Khan has said publicly that he would've drafted Tebow and you can't blame him. It would do wonders for his struggling franchise.
Tebow, a Jacksonville native and Flordia Gators legend, would ignite the waning Florida fan base.
Per ESPN.com, the Jags drew an average of 63,032 fans to EverBank Field in 2010, and an average of 62,331 in 2011. It should also be noted that the team tarps off nearly 10,000 seats to prevent local television blackouts.
Jacksonville needs Tebow just as much as Tebow needs Jacksonville.
Jacksonville has the league's worst passing attack at just 164.0 YPG, and it does not look like either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne are the quarterbacks of the future for the Jags.
On top of the troubles at quarterback, the team's only legitimate play maker, Maurice Jones-Drew, is set to miss another week due to injury.
Tebow has done little during his time with the Jets and despite saying that Tebow will have an expanded role moving forward (h/t ESPN), Rex Ryan seems very reluctant to make a change at the quarterback position.
In eight games this season Tebow has completed three passes for 32 yards, has 23 rushing attempts for 78 yards and has contributed as a blocker on the punt team. Tebow will not put up Peyton Manning-like numbers, but he has the ability to win games and to do more with less—he showed that during his stint in Denver.
The Jags drafted Gabbert just a year ago, but so far he has been painful to watch. The team's first-round pick in this year's draft, Justin Blackmon, has looked complacent in the struggling offense, and things will only get worse if MJD is out for an extended period of time.
The NFL trade deadline was originally set for Tuesday, but Superstorm Sandy pushed it back until Thursday. The Jags have two full days to work this deal out. It is unknown what the Jets would ask for in return, but it would probably be similar to the a fourth- and sixth-round draft picks they paid to get the quarterback in the offseason.
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