NFL: Jaguars deny Tim Tebow rumors



After three days of reports that the Jacksonville Jaguars were interested in signing fan favorite, free agent quarterback Tim Tebow, General Manager David Caldwell put the idea to bed Thursday, Oct. 3.

According to, Caldwell told reporters the team is not conducting a “fire sale” to dump players. The questions centered on the trade of tackle Eugene Monroe to Baltimore Tuesday. After the trade, ESPN reported that the deal was one in a series that could include high profile players in coming months.

“(The Ravens) showed some real interest and had the power to do it with the amount of draft picks they’re expected to have with their compensatory picks,” Caldwell said during a press conference. “Everything aligned perfectly. It happened really quickly.”

Monroe was dealt to the Ravens for several 2014 draft picks.

The trade also fueled reports that the team was positioning itself to sign Tebow. According to Big Cat Country, the Jags said there’s “no truth whatsoever” in the reports.

It was first reported Tuesday that the 0-4 Jaguars were pursuing Tebow to help them climb out of the AFC South basement. It was later rumored the team would work out the former Florida Gator at fullback or tight end.

Thursday, and The Pigskin Report ran with the story.

The reports sparked hundreds of tweets on both sides of the Tim Tebow debate. Those against bringing Tebow back to town stuck by Caldwell’s January statement that he, “could not imagine Tebow being a Jacksonville Jaguar, even if he’s released.”

When Caldwell made the statement, Tebow was still a member of the New York Jets.

“Why bring in a guy who isn’t an NFL quarterback?” Jaguar fan Dante Onil said in an earlier report. “If Tebow could play in this league, he’d be on a roster. He can’t and he’s not. He’s had three chances. End of story.”

In addition to fan rallies, a group of Tebow supporters even flew a banner over EverBank Field last week as the Jaguars were pounded 37-3 by the Colts. The banner read, “Tebow, Why Not?”

The effort has still not been enough to sway the Jags that there could be brighter days with Tebow under center. Even ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, a staunch believer that Tebow does not have what it takes be an NFL quarterback, stated the Jaguars should sign him. His reasons: The team has nothing else to lose and owes it to the fans.

Smith may be correct. Through four games, the Jaguars haven’t given fans much to watch, other than quarterbacks Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert run for their lives, throw interceptions and keep the team out of the end zone.

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7 Responses to “NFL: Jaguars deny Tim Tebow rumors”

  1. jason says:

    Maybe the jags need a college like blowout, broncos by 60 to get khan to do something. Thing is though i think khan is sold on a complete rebuild through the draft plan. Few FA pickups with these contract dumps but mostly though the draft. The problem is by then it’s gonna be like the days of the colts winning the division most every year by early december. Jags have a long road with or without tebow but with him and him improving it seems like it’d be an easier path to get where they wanna be.

    • Lynn says:

      Maybe >> Hoyer to surgery >> Mallett to Cleveland >> Tebow to N.E.

      • jason says:

        I could see that. Hated seeing hoyer and e.j. both take knee injuries. Hoyer its really bad cause he waited and was backup so long and had his shot and this happens. Really sad thing.

  2. bubbaelvis says:

    or Tebow to Cleveland. He would get them to the playoffs. If I remember right the GM has said good things about him.

    • Lynn says:

      Mike Lombardi has said some good things about Tim, but believes a team has to build around his option game. During the off-season just past he said he was not interested in signing Tim.

      Lombardi had family on staff with the Patriots last season and has inside info on Mallett and word here in Cleveland is that he tried to trade for him last off-season and would not give the Patriots asking price.

      Possibly, both sides would now be more negotiable with Hoyer’s injury and if Belichick is happy with Tim’s progress in LA.

      Personally, I would love to have Tim in Cleveland, but I am not sure that is what is best for him.

  3. Lynn says:

    Ryan O’Halloran ‏@ryanohalloran 3 Oct (Jaguars beat writer for the Florida Times-Union)

    No truth to latest Tebow rumors


    Ed Haywood ‏@ed_haywood 18h

    @ryanohalloran Source?


    Ryan O’Halloran ‏@ryanohalloran 16h

    @ed_haywood reliable ones

  4. Sage says:

    Broncos call off the dogs early, if only to quell the public’s push for Tebow. Book it.

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