While there has not been much new information released about the possibility of Jacksonville adding former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, the betting market has been moving in a certain direction.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter both reported last Thursday that the Jaguars were interested in the former University of Florida standout. Tebow has not been on an NFL roster since 2015 and he just announced his retirement from MLB in February.
“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,” Schefter said last week. “He recently worked out with the Jaguars’ TE coach. No decision has been made.”
Offshore sportsbook Bovada initially priced the chances of Tebow playing a game during the upcoming season at +375. There has clearly been some betting action on Tebow to return to the league, as he is now sitting at +145 to play a game during the 2021-22 campaign.
Jacksonville front office member Tony Khan, who is the son of owner Shad Khan, gave a few more details about the Tebow situation on Bleacher Report’s Draft Wrap show.
“I can’t say too much, but Tim has come in and worked out as a tight end,” Khan said. “That’s not the position we’ve seen him play, but that’s the position that he’s been practicing at with us. So, that will be interesting to see how that contributes to us on offense, too.”
Tebow was coached by now-Jacksonville head coach Urban Meyer during his career at Florida from 2006-09, where they won national titles in 2006 and 2008. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner was a first-round draft selection for Denver in 2010.
He was traded to the Jets in 2012 and had a pair of preseason stints in 2013 and 2015. Tebow decided to pursue a professional baseball career after that, reaching AAA with the Mets before retiring in February.
Meyer bought a house on the same block as Tebow in the Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club in Jacksonville.
“Obviously, Urban knows Tim very well and Tim’s got a great history of winning and Urban really believes he can help us,” Khan said. “I think it makes a lot of sense at a position where we need to get better.”