Tim Tebow’s NFL return is over.
On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars released Tebow. They parted ways with Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy recipient who switched from tight end to quarterback in an effort to revive his pro football career.
Urban Meyer, coach, said that “We knew it was going to be a difficult battle for Tim.” “Players loved him and the locker room loved him but it was the right thing to do.”
In Jacksonville’s preseason opener against Cleveland, Tebow’s blocking was awkward to terrible on his 34th birthday. He did not catch a ball Saturday night, and he also didn’t play any snaps for special teams.
Meyer stated that Tebow’s play was inconsistent, particularly in tackling. Tebow must be a special-teams contributor if he is to make Jacksonville’s 53 man roster.
Meyer said Meyer spoke with Tebow Monday night and Tuesday morning about Meyer’s decision.
Meyer stated that he believed this would be the end for Tebow’s playing days.
Meyer stated, “I would guess it’s,” Meyer added. We didn’t go as deep as we could with it. He is an elite warrior and competitor, but he is his own man. He’s also 34.
Tebow was protected from the media circus surrounding him at other NFL stops. He never spoke publicly about his return to the game after nine years of absence. On Twitter, he thanked the Jaguars and responded.
Tebow wrote, “Thankful for all the highs and lows, the chances, and the setbacks,” “I have never been afraid to make decisions and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to pursue a dream.
After switching to a different position this year, Tebow was Jacksonville’s fourth or fifth-string tight-end when he opened training camp. After five years spent in the New York Mets’ team, Tebow was returning to the NFL. He was a.223 hitter with 18 home runs, 107 RBIs and never made it to the major leagues.
After retiring from baseball in January, he asked Meyer to give him a tryout. Meyer agreed to give him a one year contract for $920,000. This is the minimum amount of money for a player who has three NFL seasons. Tebow was required to work for the team in order to be eligible for the low-risk contract.
That was the part that was always uncertain. Three tight ends were essentially in Jacksonville’s roster: Chris Manhertz (run-blocking specialist), James O’Shaughnessy (a veteran) and Luke Farrell (5th-round draft selection).
It became apparent that Tebow was not as pass-catching as Tyler Davis (a sixth-round pick in 2020) and Ben Ellefson, a second-year professional.
Meyer’s lack of experience and prowess in special teams made Meyer’s decision easy.
Meyer stated, “It’s special team,” Meyer added. As we travel here over the next two weeks, this whole roster management will be crucial. He’s never been tackled in two of the special team phases. … We expect to do very well on special teams. You need to be tight end and tailback if you don’t want to contribute to special teams.
Denver selected Tebow as its first round pick in 2010. In 2010, Denver selected Tebow in the first round. He also didn’t stick with the New York Jets or New England, nor Philadelphia.
The Jaguars also released cornerback DJ Daniel and placed defensive tackle Daniel Ross on injured reserves. They also waived/injured Josh Imatorbhebhe as well as Tim Jones and Tim Jones.