Tim Tebow Returns to NFL in Controversial Move

Tim Tebow Returns to NFL in Controversial Move - partycasino

Out of all the possible NFL betting that you might have considered for the season ahead, a return for Tim Tebow was probably the last thing you would have put your money on. 

And yet, that’s just what’s happened. Controversial Tim Tebow has reunited with his old coach to sign for the Jaguars in a single year deal.

Despite being out of the NFL for six years, Tebow Time is back - but that's not all. He's not returning to his familiar quarterback role; this time, he'll be playing as a tight end, a position that is entirely new to him.

The Return of Tebow

In case you’re not up to date on Tim Tebow’s previous career, he was one of the most promising college footballers seen in the post-2000 era. Winning two national titles and a Heisman Trophy, he was primed for a phenomenal career as a quarterback in the NFL

Except that’s not exactly what happened. 

Making his debut with the Broncos before moving onto the Jets, Tebow's career as a quarterback was miserable. At the end of his first season, his passing completion rate was the lowest in the NFL, triggering his move to the Jets. His time there was difficult, with opinion divided on whether he should be played or benched. In April 2013, Tebow was released by the Jets after throwing just eight passes for the team. 

The beleaguered quarterback went on to sign for the Patriots and then the Eagles, not making the full season cut in either. In 2016 he switched sports and signed up to minor league baseball team The Mets, while also working in broadcasting. 

In February 2021, Tebow announced his retirement from the Mets and just three months later was unveiled as a new signing for the Jaguars, playing tight end for $920,000 in a one-year deal.

The 53-Man Roster - Will Tebow Feature?

It's fair to say that no one predicted the return of Tebow, and there are even fewer who are confident the move will be a success. 

However, the one person that seems to believe in him is the Jaguars’ coach, Urban Meyer - Tebow’s former college coach. Whether it’s misplaced loyalty, nepotism or the ability to see something that others have missed, Meyer seems determined that Tebow will have a place on the roster. 

The main issue of concern is that Tebow has never played tight end - and it's a position that's very different to the quarterback. But there is help at hand as Tebow has been invited to attend what has been dubbed "tight end university", an off-season meet-up for some of the best tight ends in the NFL. Attendees include Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, Eric Ebron, Zach Ertz, Mike Gesicki, Jonnu Smith and Greg Olsen, to name just a few. 

Ex-players predict that the running and passing won't present a problem for Tebow - but suspect that the blocking may be the issue. Meyer will have to name his 53-man roster on Labour Day, and Tebow will be desperate to make the cut. It's hoped that by learning from some of the best tight ends in the NFL, the ex-quarterback will make the switch a success.