NFL Nation: Tim Tebow 122312

Another report linking Tebow to Jaguars

December, 23, 2012
More evidence is starting to add up that Tim Tebow is wrapping up his final games with the New York Jets and heading to the Jacksonville Jaguars next season.

First, it was ESPN's Chris Mortensen's report Saturday night that it is a "virtual certainty" Tebow will land in Jacksonville. Next, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Sunday morning that a Jaguars team source said Tebow "will be a Jaguar" next season.

There is enough smoke here to believe something will happen.

The Jaguars wanted Tebow a year ago, and it appears the organization's thinking hasn't changed. The Jets could be willing to dump Tebow altogether for nothing or trade for a low-round draft pick, if possible. New York just wants to end this failed experiment sooner than later. The Jaguars reportedly are willing to take Tebow in.

As we mentioned earlier Sunday, this move makes a lot of sense. Tebow is a Jacksonville native and former University of Florida star who can sell tickets. Jacksonville also has a vacant quarterback job next year that Tebow can compete for. He never got that chance in New York.
Chris Mortensen reports it’s a virtual certainty the Jaguars will pounce on Tim Tebow when he becomes available.

I wouldn’t be surprised if owner Shad Khan remains intrigued by the hometown hero. The Jaguars' trade bid for Tebow was roughly the same as the Jets was when Denver dealt him, so the Broncos allowed Tebow to steer the deal. He chose New York, and the Jets have been reluctant to give him chances to play. (I reflected on that choice at the time.)

But I don’t believe Khan will force Tebow on his people if they make a convincing argument against it. If Gene Smith (or a new general manager) and Mike Mularkey (or a new coach) spell out a case that Tebow would be more of a gimmicky distraction than a help, I think Khan can be dissuaded.

And I think the vast majority of personnel people in the NFL see Tebow as a gimmicky distraction.

The Jaguars haven’t had a blacked out game in three seasons, and that’s quite a feat considering they are 2-12 this season. Tarps cover some sections of too-big EverBank Field, but they’ve removed some for a few games this year to accommodate extra demand. That’s the case today for the home finale against New England. Tebow's potential impact on long-term attendance is overrated.

Those in favor of Tebow-to-Jacksonville say the team is likely to have an unsettled quarterback situation; so throwing him into the mix can’t hurt. The opposite is true. The guy’s supporters are fanatical, and the calls for him to play even if he doesn’t win the right or as soon as the starter struggles can become a major problem.

Jacksonville needs to solve its quarterback question, not add to it.

The Jaguars are loaded with character guys, and they’re terrible. They have to find more good football players, not add more question marks.

Khan will need to listen to his football people, whoever they may be.

Tebow to Jaguars makes the most sense

December, 23, 2012
New York Jets popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow may have already found a new landing spot. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Tebow signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason is a "virtual certainty."

The report indicates the Jets will honor Tebow's request to be released. Afterwards, Tebow will sign with the Jaguars.

This is on point with what the AFC East blog was thinking last week. We recently mapped out four possible destinations for Tebow next year, and Jacksonville was the No. 1 choice.

Tebow is a Jacksonville native who became a star and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the University of Florida in nearby Gainesville. Tebow coming home would immediately fill the stands in Jacksonville, which is desperately needed.

The Jaguars and Tebow also have a brief history. Jacksonville nearly acquired Tebow last offseason in a trade with the Denver Broncos. The Jaguars and Jets offered similar compensation, and the Broncos let Tebow choose his team. He unwisely chose the Jets, who embarrassingly botched the Tebow experiment this season.

According to Mortensen, the Jaguars still want Tebow a year later. Tebow could compete for Jacksonville’s vacant quarterback job next year, which is something Tebow never got a fair chance to do in New York. When starter Mark Sanchez was benched this past week, the Jets bypassed Tebow for third-string quarterback Greg McElroy. The Jets and Tebow were never a good mix from Day 1, and it's best for both sides go their separate ways.

Tebow to the Jaguars makes the most sense. That's the choice Tebow should have made the first time -- and it appears he will get another chance to correct that mistake.