JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Florida Gators star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow recently asked the Jacksonville Jaguars for a tryout to become the team’s next tight end.
General manager Trent Baalke said after the first round of the draft that Tebow worked out for the Jaguars at that position and
“He did come in for a workout, I can’t even remember, several weeks ago whatever that was,” Baalke said. “He worked out as a tight end and that’s the position he’ll be playing. Right now, where it stands we’re going to get through the draft. And our whole focus, quite honestly, has been on the draft. We’ll worry about that when the draft is over.”
According to a News4Jax source, Tebow worked out in February for Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, who coached Tebow to a pair of national championships while the pair was in Gainesville.
Tim Tebow recently reached out to the Jaguars and requested a tryout at the tight end position, per sources, a move many believe would have extended his NFL career had he made the transition earlier. He recently worked out with the Jaguars’ TE coach. No decision has been made.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
The shocking report came just hours before the start of the 2021 NFL draft.
As pointed out by Schefter, many said Tebow could have played longer in the NFL if he transitioned to tight end after he failed to improve at the quarterback position during his brief three-year career.
For years, Tim Tebow resisted a shift to tight end. Now at 33 years old, Tebow could return to his hometown team. https://t.co/LuZRijFJfN— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2021
Tebow, 33, was last signed by an NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles, in 2015, but he has not played in an NFL game since 2012. The Denver Broncos drafted him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
After he left the NFL, the Nease High School product gave baseball a shot when he signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets in 2016. He ended his baseball career when he retired last February.
According to the Jacksonville Daily Record, Meyer and his wife recently purchased a $2.15 million home in the gated Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club on the same street as Tebow.