Tim Tebow Rumors: Jaguars Waiting Until After Rookie Minicamp to Make Decision

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2021

Former Florida football player Tim Tebow speaks to fans after he was inducted in the Ring of Honor at Florida Field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly waiting until the end of rookie minicamp to assess their roster and determine whether to sign Tim Tebow after he had a workout with the team last month.

Peter King of NBC Sports reported the Jaguars want to evaluate fifth-round pick Luke Farrell before deciding on Tebow, who is attempting to make an NFL return as a tight end.

Tebow has not played an NFL regular-season game since 2012 and is attempting a position switch at age 33. 

Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan recently spoke to B/R's Taylor Rooks about Tebow's workout with the team.

"Tim has definitely come in and worked out," Khan said. "So beyond that, I can't say too much, but Tim has come in and worked out as a tight end. That's not a position that we've seen him play, but it's a position that he's been practicing at with us. So that will be interesting to see how that contributes to us on offense, too. Obviously, Urban knows Tim really well, and Tim has got a great history of winning. Urban really believes he can help us, and I think it makes a lot of sense. And it's a position where we need to get better."

Urban Meyer previously coached Tebow at the University of Florida from 2006-2009 and has a longstanding relationship with the 2007 Heisman-winning QB.

However, there is no reasonable expectation that Tebow can be an effective NFL tight end at his age. He spent the last half-decade dabbling in minor league baseball as part of the New York Mets organization and hasn't taken an NFL hit in nearly a decade.

There will undoubtedly be a sense that a potential Tebow signing is a publicity stunt meant to sell jerseys should he end up breaking camp with the Jaguars. The Mets' minor league system saw a significant increase in attention to their clubs with Tebow in the fold, and there's little doubt a Tebow Jaguars jersey would be a hot commodity.

However, the only way Tebow will make the actual 53-man roster is by proving himself. NFL rosters don't have room for pet projects and publicity stunts. If Tebow makes the roster, he'll have earned it by proving that he can contribute at the tight end spot. 

Until that happens, though, it's fair to look at this situation with a healthy amount of skepticism.