Tim Tebow tried out for Jaguars, could reunite with former coach Urban Meyer as a tight end

By Adam Silverstein
April 29, 2021
Tim Tebow tried out for Jaguars, could reunite with former coach Urban Meyer as a tight end

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Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and head coach Urban Meyer could be headed for a reunion in the NFL. Tebow, who has not played in a regular-season NFL game since 2012 and was last on a preseason roster in 2015, recently tried out for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Tebow, 33, long resisted a change of position, which some believe kept him from finding a spot in the NFL even as there was debate about whether he got a fair enough opportunity at quarterback. Meyer long supported Tebow remaining a quarterback, believing that he could play the position in the NFL. Now, with Meyer leading the Jaguars, opportunity has arisen for Tebow to find his way back into the league.

It is unknown whether Jacksonville will bring Tebow aboard, but Schefter and Rapoport report that Tebow recently completed a workout with Jaguars TE coach Tyler Bowen and “there has been at least some discussion of him signing” with the team. Rapoport added that the idea is Tebow could play a Taysom Hill-like role.

The Jags, of course, are Tebow’s hometown team. When it was clear that Denver Broncos president John Elway was dead-set on trading Tebow following the 2011 season, it was reported that Tebow chose a trade to the New York Jets over Jacksonville despite the Jags having interest in his services. At the time, it was believed that decision was made due to the New York media market.

Tebow only spent one season with the Jets before being released. He was signed by the New England Patriots in the offseason and played in two preseason games before being cut and transitioning to a broadcasting career with the SEC Network. He did get another opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 and played four preseason games but was released by the team prior to the start of the regular season.

Tebow had been a member of the New York Mets farm system since 2016 as he attempted to switch careers and find a spot in Major League Baseball. He was never called up to the majors and retired from baseball on Feb. 17 despite being named to the Mets spring training roster.

It was reported later this week that the home the Meyers purchased in Jacksonville is just three doors down from Tebow’s residence.

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