FOUR BITS: Tebow, Parsons, Jackson, Easley

1 » Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz spoke with the media on Thursday and provided some perspective on the team’s decision to sign former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract. “We worked him out and we saw improvement from the last time we saw him,” he said. “[We] had exposure to him live when we played New England when they practiced here. When we worked him out, we saw a great deal of improvement in him.” Ultimately, the Eagles decided “that it was an opportunity to bring in somebody who could compete for a spot,” and all indications are that Tebow will get that chance, a legitimate one at that – unlike some of his other stops..

2 » Forward Chandler Parsons, in his first year with the Dallas Mavericks, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering what appears to be a serious right knee injury. Parsons, who was averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33.1 minutes per game for Dallas, was a full-season starter for the Mavericks and the team’s key free agent signing in the offseason. The Houston Rockets, Parsons’s former team, leads the Mavericks 2-0 in their first-round series. Fellow former Florida F Corey Brewer is averaging 15.0 points in 26.5 minutes per game for Houston thus far in the series. He’s shooting .500 from the field and .571 from beyond the arc.

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Florida Gators CB J.C. Jackson out of jail, still facing felony charge, status up in the air

Updated on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Still facing a first-degree felony charge for armed robbery and with his football-playing future in serious doubt, Florida Gators redshirt freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson is no longer behind bars as of Tuesday evening, OnlyGators.com uncovered in a review of Alachua County Court and Alachua County Jail documents.

Jackson, whose bond was set at $150,000 by an Alachua judge on Sunday, spent the better part of three days behind bars and must still face charges of aiding an armed robbery in Gainesville, Florida.

Head coach Jim McElwain , while meeting with the media in Lakeland ahead of a speaking engagement with the Polk County Gator Club, provided little comment on Jackson’s situation other to say that no decision has been made on his future at this time.

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Philadelphia Eagles sign Florida QB Tim Tebow

Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow officially signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, joining his fourth NFL team. He participated in his first offseason workout in the afternoon.

Tebow, 27, has not played in a game since 2012. He was signed by the New England Patriots during training camp in 2013 but did not make the team and sat out the 2014 season while serving in a new role as a college football analyst with the SEC Network.

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Florida Gators OL Rod Johnson on retirement: ‘It can be taken away from you in just one play’

Less than one week ago, Florida Gators redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Roderick Johnson, a promising talent and the team’s best returning starter on the unit from a season ago, was told he must retire from football after being diagnosed with congenital cervical stenosis.

For the first time since the announcement, Johnson has decided to speak at length about the issue by releasing a statement through the school.

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Florida Gators CB J.C. Jackson remains in jail on felony charge, not cooperating with police

Florida Gators redshirt freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson remains in jail Monday on $150,000 bond as he is being charged with a first-degree felony in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Gainesville, Florida, over the weekend.

According to The Gainesville Sun, Jackson “has refused to cooperate with investigators” as the Gainesville Police Department hopes to identify and bring in the other two men that committed the alleged crime.

Seeing as Jackson was a participant in the alleged crime but did not brandish the firearm or take direct part in the robbery, GDP spokesman Ben Tobias told the paper that Jackson would likely be better off speaking to police and working out a deal as opposed to remaining silent on the matter.

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Florida Gators react on Twitter to the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly signing QB Tim Tebow

Multiple reports Sunday have former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow signing a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, perhaps his last opportunity to make an NFL team before hanging up his cleats.

As such, former, current and future Gators have reacted to Tebow’s upcoming signing, and OnlyGators.com has gathered their social media offerings.

This post will be continuously updated as the opinions roll in.

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Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow to sign with Philadelphia Eagles

Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow will sign a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

According to Glazer, the “Eagles [are] looking for a fourth [quarterback] for their offseason program, but it’s Tebow’s best chance to get back in the league.” Furthermore, Philadelphia is “convinced [Tebow has] improved a lot” after discussing his development with quarterback guru Tom House.

ESPN‘s Adam Schefter reports that Tebow and the Eagles will finalize an agreement on Monday, “the framework of which was put into place when he worked out for the team last month.” Signing him to a one-year contract Monday will allow Tebow to start working with Philadelphia at the start of its offseason workouts.

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Florida Gators CB J.C. Jackson arrested in connection with felony armed robbery

Florida Gators CB Florida Gators redshirt freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson, 19, was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with a first-degree felony in connection an armed robbery.

Currently being held in Alachua County Jail on a $150,000 bond, Jackson allegedly made plans to visit the residence of an acquaintance in order to smoke marijuana and opened his door without knocking before supposedly taking a phone call and leaving the apartment. That is when two men that arrived with him entered the residence, threatened those in the apartment with a handgun and forced them to the floor before taking their belongings, which included $382, marijuana and two video game consoles.

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