For three weeks it's been all about potential. Now, it's real.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow to a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday. Tebow, who will reportedly join the Jaguars in offseason workouts on Thursday, will switch from quarterback to tight end.
Tebow said in a statement through the Jaguars:
"I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team. I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace.
"I am dedicated to taking the direction of our coaching staff and learning from my teammates. I appreciate everyone's support as I embark on this new journey."
The football-turned-baseball-turned-football-again star will be reunited with head coach Urban Meyer, his coach at Florida where he won the Heisman.
Everyone got their first look at Tebow at Jaguars workouts on Thursday courtesy of News4Jax:
Tebow requested TE tryout from Meyer
It was reported on April 29 that Tebow was attempting to make a football comeback and had reached out to Meyer. He reportedly requested the tryout at tight end.
Tebow, who turns 34 in August, hasn't played in the NFL since the 2015 preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles. His last regular season games were in 2012, when he made two starts for the New York Jets. He spent his first two seasons with the Denver Broncos, who drafted him with the 25th overall pick in 2010. His best campaign came in 2011 with 11 starts, 1,729 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He's also been on the New England Patriots roster.
Tebow was adamant during that six-year stretch that he would stay at the quarterback position. He now joins a TE corps that already consists of Chris Manhertz, James O'Shaughnessy, Luke Farrell, Ben Ellefson and Tyler Davis.
Tebow's comeback tour through baseball, broadcasting
After his NFL career appeared to come to a close when the Eagles cut him ahead of the 2015 season, Tebow turned to baseball.
The New York Mets signed him in September 2016, and he drew fans to their minor league squads during four seasons. He never made it to the big leagues, but did play in Triple-A in 2019. The minor leagues didn't play in 2020.
At the same time, he spent six years in the broadcast booth as an SEC Network studio analyst.
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