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Tim Tebow: Jaguars and Florida Gators' Legend Are Perfect Match

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leaves the field after loss to San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 23, 2012

If there were ever two parties that need each other, it's Tim Tebow and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former Florida Gators' legend and Denver Broncos half-season wonder doesn't have suitors beating down his door.

The New York Jets are reportedly set to part ways with him at season's end, per ESPN. Tebow needs a team and organization that wants him—and not just as a glorified gadget guy.

Enter the attendance-starved Jaguars and their justifiably attention-conscience owner Shahid Khan. Khan knows his team ranked 21st in attendance heading into Sunday, raked 25th in 2011 and 25th in 2010. 

Bringing Tebow back to Florida would be an immediate shot in the arm for the Jaguars franchise.

That's just the commercial appeal; on the field, Tebow has a legitimate chance to win the starting QB job in Jacksonville. This may be the only team that offers him such a realistic opportunity to get on the field.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that league sources have called Tebow to the Jaguars "a virtual certainty" this offseason.

If that plays out, things will at least be interesting in Jacksonville, and don't be surprised to see HBO contact Khan to make them the focus of the network's Hard Knocks series.

In a perfect world, Tebow joins the Jaguars and leads the team to a 9-7 record and a wild-card berth in a magical season. The team becomes one of the most covered in the NFL, attendance jumps by 10 to 15 percent, and Tebow's jersey sales join the top five in the league.

The worst case scenario, Tebow falls flat with a legitimate shot to win the QB spot, but the Jags still maintain him as a Wildcat option. They will still reap the monetary benefits of having him on the roster.

This will likely be Tebow's last chance to prove himself. He deserves to have a shot at starting after leading the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011. He'll get that shot in Jacksonville, and the Jags will be better for it whether he succeeds or fails.

 

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