Less than two weeks after reports surfaced that former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow had worked out for the Jaguars as a tight end, the club now reportedly plans to sign him.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reported Monday afternoon the team plans to sign Tebow, who turns 34 in August, to a one-year deal. The agreement is expected to be made official in the next week or so, the pair reported.
The signing formally would reunite Tebow — the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner — with his college coach, Urban Meyer. The two helped lead Florida to national titles in 2006 and 2008, with Tebow serving as a frequently employed backup to Chris Leak for the first one.
While Twitter was rife with Tebow memes upon Monday’s news, the reported signing wasn’t universally embraced.
“All jokes aside. Why is Tebow back in the NFL,” tweeted former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, a SiriusXMNFL personality. “Dude hasn’t seen the field in the regular season in 8 years.”
Former NFL tight end (and bay area resident) Anthony Becht was even more succinct: “Tebow sign is a joke,” he tweeted.
Tebow hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since Dec. 17, 2012. Despite suggestions by many that he would be better suited as a tight end at the next level, he remained bent on playing quarterback, starting 16 games and two playoff contests over three seasons.
He joined the Mets organization in September 2016 despite not having played organized baseball since high school, and retired in February. He never reached the majors, batting .223 with 18 home runs, 48 doubles and five stolen bases in 287 minor-league games.
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