The Jacksonville Jaguars need to make a bold trade for Tim Tebow that would help rejuvenate a franchise that has struggled on and off the field in recent seasons.
Here is the latest from Manish Mehta of the New York Daly News:
Tebow's presence in Jacksonville right now to visit family/friends during Jets bye likely fueled trade speculation. But no talks w/Jags #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) October 31, 2012
The Jets may not want to trade Tebow because of the media coverage that the team receives from his presence on the roster, or because they still aren't sure if Mark Sanchez is the team's answer at quarterback, but that doesn't mean that the Jaguars should give up on making a real effort to acquire him.
Tebow knows the Jacksonville area well and would feel very comfortable playing in Florida. The Jaguars currently rank 21st in average home attendance for this season, and there's no question that trading for Tebow would give the team's fans more reasons to buy tickets.
The Jaguars also ranked 25th in average attendance last season, 24th in 2010 and 30th in 2009. Jacksonville needs a player like Tebow who will help the team receive more national recognition from the media, and also help the team's on-field performance.
When the Jaguars traded up to select Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, he was supposed to be the franchise's long-term answer at the position. Now in his sophomore season, it's clear that Gabbert is not going to be a star player.
To be fair, he doesn't have a ton of talent around him, but he certainly wasn't worth a first-round pick. Gabbert threw 12 touchdown passes with 11 interceptions last season and completed just 50.8 percent of his passes.
He has thrown seven touchdown passes and three interceptions through seven games this season, but the team is 1-6.
Tebow might not have better passing skills than Gabbert, but he's a winner and someone who can improve the Jaguars on and off the field. He handles expectations better than Gabbert and proved last season that he can beat quality teams late in the year.
Tebow would thrive in Jacksonville away from the pressures of New York City, and he is the perfect player to rejuvenate a Jaguars franchise that hasn't been to the playoffs since the 2007 NFL season.