When asked about Tebow in a press conference on Thursday, Caldwell said he "can't imagine" the controversial quarterback being a Jaguar, per the team's official Twitter feed:
Caldwell: I can't imagine a scenario where Tim Tebow would be Jacksonville Jaguar.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) January 10, 2013
This quote adds to the buzz Caldwell has created since he took over the general manager reins earlier this week. The 38-year-old, who was most recently with the Atlanta Falcons, already fired head coach Mike Mularkey earlier on Thursday and has now taken to squelching the rampant Tebow speculation.
As it stands, Caldwell's quote contradicts what many have expected for months. In December, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that it was a "virtual certainty" that Tebow would be with the Jaguars in 2013.
The rumors began because Tebow is expected to be released or traded by the New York Jets this offseason. The 25-year-old quarterback spent one season in New York, but sat behind Mark Sanchez throughout the 2012 campaign, in effect not getting the chance to show off his magical penchant for late-game comebacks to the Big Apple.
With the Jaguars struggling in the standings and in the stands, Tebow was considered a possible savior for the franchise. Tebow went to high school in the Jacksonville area, won a Heisman and two national championships at the University of Florida and is beloved in the area.
Although his on-field ability remains up in the air, he likely would generate much-needed buzz for the Jaguars franchise.
However, based on his quote, it seems like Caldwell will look to fix Jacksonville's on-field problems without bringing in the former Gator.