Tim Tebow Signs with the Jacksonville Jaguars

By Liam Wirsansky on May 23, 2021

Tim Tebow is back in the NFL. The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a staple in the national sports landscape as of late, with an off-season of sweeping change and big-name additions. With the hiring of HC Urban Meyer or drafting the blue-chip prospect QB Trevor Lawrence, most would not think that the Jaguars could do anything more to impress local fans and bring them some excitement in regard to this new Jaguars team in the upcoming NFL season. Enter Tim Tebow. The legendary college QB, who won 2 national championships with Urban Meyer at the University of Florida, started making waves when news broke that he had obtained a workout with the Jaguars as a Tight End earlier in the offseason. Despite the media circus and theatrics held up by the team and Urban Meyer that kept fans in the dark, the team most likely intended to sign him right from the get-go. A Jacksonville native and homegrown talent from Nease High School, Tebow is beloved by many in the area and nationally, with his name always being jokingly tossed around for a possible comeback to the NFL, since his exit back in 2014 after failing to make enough of an imprint on an Philadelphia Eagles team the following offseason to make the team as a Quarterback. Many fans and some analysts alike believed that he had all the tools to try to make a transition to the Tight End position, but his refusal to do so was what many believe ultimately led to his early exit. Now after 8 years, Tebow, who is 34 years old, is back in the NFL to prove that he can help contribute to a team.


While many are happy to see Tebow being given another chance, as evidenced by his top selling jersey on NFL’s online shop only hours after the news broke that he was signed, others have bashed the move by the Jaguars and serves as a major distraction to the team. Without a doubt, monetarily the team’s investment has already paid of, especially if Tebow makes the final 53-man roster, with his impact on ticket and jersey sales certainly serving to be worth more than the veteran minimum contract that he signed. In terms of being a distraction, the media attention on the Jaguars itself has never been more highly concentrated than it has been as of late. For a small market team that often gets pushed to the sidelines of national coverage, Tebow functions as another outlet and reason to check in and report on the team. Having done nothing to question his character or behavioral choices, Tebow may represent a safer signing than the likes of other players who have been drafted and signed despite major character concerns, like Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt, who was signed after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs because TMZ released a video of Hunt involved in kicking a woman in a hotel. Without even a guarantee of making the final roster, signing Tebow presents a minimal risk with all aspects considered. In an off-season of second chances, we have seen other former NFL players, like Kelvin Benjamin, get tryouts for teams with an opportunity at a spot on the roster.

It would be remiss to refrain from mentioning the fact that Colin Kaepernick still remains unsigned after discussing the signing of Tim Tebow. While many have been quick to compare the two situations and point to the privileges that Tebow holds as white man and former player of Urban Meyer, they typically fail to think of the larger systems that are at play. While some may validly bring up Tebow’s close and personal relationship to Meyer, many players and coaches take advantage of their relationships in the business and ultimately Meyer will have to answer to reporters and the team if Tebow does not live up to expectations or a spot on the team. For Kaepernick it seems that the worry of him being “a distraction” to the team seems to be greater than that of Tebow’s. With leaguewide support of Kaepernick and the ideas that he stands for, it seems like the type of distraction that he presents is more noticeable to the fans of teams, which the league must consider in terms of supporting its financial sustainability and more generally its overall operations. When it comes to character, Kaepernick remains an enigma, when much of the discourse has surrounded sexually and physically imposed criminal activity by players, and even more specifically domestic violence. While no situation is identical and the league should not treat each situation as a monolith, the fact remains that teams have become increasingly comfortable signing players legally guilty of this type of behavior, while the likes of Kaepernick remains unsigned. Tyreek Hill and Ezekiel Elliott continue to play for their teams each Sunday, while Kaepernick is forced to watch an injury riddled league play ball, when there are teams that are certainly in need of his talents, leadership, and experience. When the Houston Texans may be forced to start incoming 3rd round pick rookie QB Davis Mills for the upcoming NFL season because of the sexual assault allegations against QB Deshaun Watson, there is no more excuses not to sign Kaepernick.

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