Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; ESPN analyst Tim Tebow looks on before the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Tebow, Michael Irvin join ESPN’s ‘First Take’

After a failed tight end experiment in Jacksonville, Tim Tebow joins the cast of ESPN’s reformatted “First Take.”

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and former New York Mets minor leaguer will talk college football with host Stephen A. Smith on Fridays.

Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin will be in the hot seat opposite Smith for NFL debates on Mondays.

ESPN announced the updates on Thursday, with the new format set to begin Sept. 6.

“This new format will pair Smith with new voices and perspectives every day of the week who will challenge him on their specific area of expertise in a completely new way,” senior coordinating producer Antoine Lewis said in a news release.

Tebow, 34, was released by the Jaguars on Aug. 17, ending his bid to return to the NFL after an eight-year absence. He has previously worked for ESPN as a college football analyst.

Irvin, 55, won three Super Bowl rings and caught 750 passes for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns with the Dallas Cowboys from 1988-99.

Previous “First Take” host Max Kellerman’s last episode with the series was on Wednesday. He is joining ESPN Radio’s morning show alongside Keyshawn Johnson and Jay Williams.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tim Tebow (85) tries to get open while being defended by Cleveland Browns safety Elijah Benton (48) during fourth quarter action. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Cleveland Browns for their only home preseason game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida Saturday night, August 14, 2021. The Browns led at the half 13 to 0 and won with a final score of 23 to 13.  [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars release Tim Tebow on roster-cut day

Tim Tebow was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, ending his bid to return to the NFL after eight years out of the league.

A first-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 2020, the quarterback turned tight end thanked the Jaguars for the opportunity following the move Tuesday.

“Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks,” Tebow, 34, tweeted. “I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream…”

NFL teams must cut their rosters to 85 by 4 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, and Tebow was a longshot to make the team. He didn’t have a catch in the Jaguars’ 23-13 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. He was targeted once but the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage.

A Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and a two-time national champion at Florida, Tebow started 14 games over the 2010-11 seasons with the Broncos, posting an 8-6 record. He completed 47.9 percent of his pass attempts for 2,422 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and he added 989 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

In March 2012, the New York Jets acquired Tebow and a seventh-round draft pick for a pair of 2021 picks — a fourth-rounder and a sixth-rounder.

He attempted eight passes, completing six, for the Jets in 2012 and was cut the following spring. Tebow was signed and later released by both the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles without appearing in a game.

Since his tour in the NFL, Tebow turned to baseball, and the New York Mets signed him in September 2016.

He hit a home run in his first professional at-bat with the Mets’ low Class-A Columbia Fireflies affiliate.

In 287 games over three minor league seasons, Tebow hit .223 with a .299 on-base percentage, a .338 slugging percentage, 107 runs, 48 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 107 RBIs and five stolen bases.

He retired from baseball in February and signed with the Jaguars in May to play for Urban Meyer, his college coach.

–Field Level Media

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Ex-Giants RB Brandon Jacobs eyes comeback as DE

Former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs says he’s ready to return to the NFL … as a defensive end.

Jacobs, who will turn 39 in July, tagged the Giants while announcing his intentions during his Twitter post on Thursday.

“@Giants I am ready. I am ready to hit sack any QB out there,” Jacobs wrote.

Jacobs doubled down on his intentions by referencing the comeback attempt of Tim Tebow, who is returning to the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars after spending four seasons in the New York Mets system. The 33-year-old Tebow is a former quarterback, but is trying to land a spot on the Jaguars roster at tight end.

“Well, since Tebow came back after being off a good bit, I am announcing today that I, too, will come back. I will play defensive end for whatever team gives me a chance,” Jacobs tweeted. “I am really serious about coming back as a defensive end. I can still run, I am strong and there’s no way Tim Tebow is a better athlete than I am. I just need a shot, that’s it! If I can’t cut it I’ll take it like a man. Just give me one chance that’s all!”

Jacobs rushed for 5,094 yards and 60 touchdowns in 109 career games with the New York Giants (2005-11, 2013) and San Francisco 49ers (2012). He also had 82 receptions for 743 yards and four scores.

–Field Level Media

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) talks with teammates during drills at rookie minicamp.

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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence praises new teammate Tim Tebow

Trevor Lawrence has something in common with the newest tight end on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Both players were first-round draft quarterbacks.

Lawrence praised Tim Tebow on Wednesday during an interview with NFL Network. The No. 1 overall pick out of Clemson believes that he can work well with the 33-year-old Tebow, who is back in the league with Jaguars first-year coach Urban Meyer.

“I’ve had a few good conversations with him. I’m really excited to play with him,” Lawrence said about Tebow. “I don’t know if you’re going to find a better guy to have in your locker room, and he’s in great shape. He looks great, he’s been out there practicing with us.”

Tebow has not played in the NFL since 2012, when he appeared in 12 games and started two for the New York Jets. He is not promised a spot on the Jaguars’ 53-man roster, but Lawrence likes what he has seen from the veteran.

“He’s running around well, picking it up quick,” Lawrence said. “I think mentally, he’s in a great spot. Being a quarterback and playing in the NFL for a number of years, he kind of gets the NFL offense — personnel, offense, systems — he picks them up easily.

“He’s coming along great and I think just everyone’s excited to have him in the locker room, seeing what he’s been able to do, the ultimate competitor he is and just his character. That’s just a guy you want on your team, for one, and a guy you want to be around.”

As for Lawrence, the adjustment to the NFL has been smooth so far.

“There’s a lot of differences, (but) it’s still football,” Lawrence said. “It’s been a lot of fun to get out there with all the new guys, new teammates, and kind of get used to everyone. That’s been fun, but it’s just different.

“I’m a pro now, and just the way people handle their business, the expectations, all those things, in a good way. You’re just expected to be prepared and play at a high level because this is our job now. It’s been a cool adjustment for me, and being able to treat this as, this is my job. This is all I have to do. It’s not like I’m in school anymore.”

–Field Level Media

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No. 85 is No. 1: Tim Tebow jerseys top sales chart

Consumers apparently are happy Tim Tebow is back in the NFL.

About 24 hours after his signing was announced by the Jacksonville Jaguars, apparel bearing Tebow’s name and number 85 was the top seller at NFL Shop.com.

In fact, the top five items belonged to Tebow: black alternate jerseys for men, women and children, as well as T-shirts for men and women.

A red Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey with the name and number of perpetual best seller Tom Brady fell to ninth on the list of top sellers.

And in between Tebow and Brady? Rookie quarterback Justin Fields of the Chicago Bears, whose jersey was a top seller in all three of the team’s colors: alternate orange, navy and white.

Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner, spent three seasons in the NFL (2010-12) at quarterback with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. After failing to sign an NFL contract, he turned to baseball, where he spent four seasons in the New York Mets system before retiring in February.

Now, at 33, he’ll be trying to land a spot on the Jaguars roster at a new position: tight end. Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer coached Tebow in college at Florida.

NFL Network reported Friday that Tebow signed a one-year, $920,000 contract, with no guaranteed money and an injury split.

–Field Level Media

Former Florida Gators player Major Wright talks with Tim Tebow during warmups before the game featuring the #6 Florida Gators and the #8 Georgia Bulldogs at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, November 2, 2019. [Matt Pendleton/Correspondent]

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Reports: Jags to sign Tim Tebow … as TE

The Jacksonville Jaguars are planning to sign former first-round pick Tim Tebow to give him a shot at making the team as a backup tight end, NFL Network and NBC Sports reported Monday.

The move would reunite Tebow with head coach Urban Meyer, his collegiate coach at Florida from 2006-09.

Tebow is 33 and hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2012. He was a first-round pick (No. 25 overall) of the Denver Broncos in 2010.

Tebow worked out for Meyer and the Jaguars as a tight end last month, per reports.

The Jags reportedly are waiting until after this weekend’s rookie minicamp to make a decision. They released veteran TE Tyler Eifert last week but picked Luke Farrell in the fifth round of the NFL draft. They signed Chris Manhertz to a two-year contract in March to be their No. 1 tight end.

Tebow played minor league baseball in the New York Mets organization, batting .223/.299/.338 in 287 games over three seasons. He hit 48 doubles and 18 home runs while recording 107 RBIs and stealing five bases.

He retired from pro ball in February.

Tebow was part of two national championship teams at Florida under Meyer.

As a sophomore in 2007, he threw for 3,132 yards and 29 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. He also rushed for 828 yards and 22 scores and easily won the Heisman.

Tebow played two seasons in Denver before being traded to the New York Jets in 2012.

With the Jets, he saw limited time in 2012, completing six of his eight pass attempts before leaving the league after that season.

Tebow wound up with an 8-6 regular-season record as an NFL starting quarterback, completing 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He had a 1-1 record as a starter in the postseason.

–Field Level Media

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Tim Tebow before the College Football Playoff national championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Tim Tebow works out for Jaguars at tight end

Tim Tebow wants to get back into professional football.

The former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end, NFL Network and ESPN reported Thursday.

Tebow, 33, starred at the University of Florida under coach Urban Meyer, who’s entering his first season as the Jaguars’ head coach. Tebow grew up in Jacksonville before enrolling at Florida.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that “there has been at least some discussion” of Jacksonville signing him.

Denver selected Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After only lasting three seasons in the NFL with the Broncos and Jets, Tebow changed focus to professional baseball. He played in the New York Mets’ organization from 2016 to 2019, reaching as high as Triple-A in 2019, but announced his retirement from baseball in February.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner was a dual-threat quarterback who ran for 57 touchdowns over four seasons at Florida, while also passing for 88 TDs.

At 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, Tebow has a frame that could translate to the tight-end position despite not playing there at any point since high school. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is 6-5, 260, while San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is 6-4, 250.

–Field Level Media

Will They Play in the Pros – Tim Tebow and Terrell Owens Props

Will Tim Tebow play in an MLB Game in 2018?

Yes      +150     (3/2)

No        -180     (5/9)

Note: The former Heisman winner and Florida Gator HOFer is having a successful second season in the minors. After being called up to AA he is batting .273 with 36 RBI and 6 HR on the season for the Binghampton Rumble Ponies, an affiliate of the New York Mets. Being called up to the majors would likely be a marketing ploy but if Tebow continues to improve, the last place Mets could turn to him to sell some extra tickets when out of the playoffs in August or September. 

 

Will Terrell Owens play in the CFL in 2018?

Yes      +240     (12/5)

No        -300     (1/3)

Note: After being released by the Edmonton Eskimos negotiation list on Friday, this soon to be NFL Hall of Famer is officially a CFL free agent. The 44-year-old WR still has a lot of desire to play professional football. Owens told TSN: “I know that I do have the ability to play. I know everybody sees the shape that I’m in. There’s a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I’m one of those guys.”

Data Provided by Bovada.

 

Tim Tebow not giving up on NFL dream

<p> Out of the NFL since the New England Patriots cut him last year, quarterback Tim Tebow plies his trade nowadays as an analyst for the SEC Network.</p> <p> Tebow is still training, though, just in case he gets a calls from an NFL team.</p> <p> Tebow is working out with quarterback guru Tom House and staying in shape.</p> <p> "I feel great," Tebow told KSAV in Phoenix. "I feel the strongest, healthiest, throwing the best I ever have. I'm just really excited about the improvement."</p> <p> A former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida who started for the Denver Broncos, Tebow isn't giving up on his dream.</p> <p> "One of my favorite quotes is 'I don't know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future,'" Tebow said. "And in that, it gives you peace to just continue to work, go after what your heart desires and when you do that, you don't have any regrets. I think that's the best way to live life."</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider">@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>

Could Tim Tebow end up in the CFL?

<p> Every so often Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp checks in with Tim Tebow’s agent in hopes of bringing the former University of Florida star north of the border.</p> <p> “We would love to see him,” Popp told NFP.</p> <p> Perhaps that’s not just wishful thinking by Popp, who has spoken with Tebow’s father, Bob, but never with the quarterback himself.</p> <p> After all, his Canadian Football League team holds Tebow’s playing rights.</p> <p> <strong>The CFL negotiation list</strong></p> <p> The CFL has a draft, but it is only for Canadian citizens. Free agents can be placed on a negotiation list of 35 players. It is a first-come, first-serve, private list only known to CFL teams and the league office.</p> <p> The Alouettes could leave Tebow on that indefinitely. But if he wants to sign, Montreal, according to league rules, has to offer a contract within 10 days or take him off the list.</p> <p> CFL teams can take a player off at any time but cannot tamper with someone else’s list. Hypothetically, they could even put high school players on that list, though they cannot negotiate with them or college players until they have declared for the draft or already have spent four years in college.</p> <p class="co_image co_image_right inline_right"> <img alt="Tim Tebow" src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c1910342/media_center/images/rendered/blog/wysiwyg/icon19491753.jpg" /><span>ICON</span>Tebow's stint with the New York Jets included just eight pass attempts over 12 games.</p> <p> The latter was the case with Russell Wilson, who spent four years at North Carolina State (including one red-shirt season). Marc Trestman, the offensive coordinator at N.C. State before leaving to coach the Alouettes prior to Wilson’s arrival, helped recruit the quarterback to the Wolfpack.</p> <p> Because some deemed Wilson too short to play in the NFL, there was talk that he might join the Alouettes, who are always watchful for players overlooked by the NFL.</p> <p> “This is what we have to do in our league,” Popp said. “You’ve got to project pro players and how they fit into a system.”</p> <p> Wilson, of course, opted to transfer to Wisconsin, had an outstanding year and ultimately led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory.</p> <p> Other noteworthy players who were once on the Alouettes’ negotiation list include Clay Matthews (a former USC walk-on once considered too slight) and Colin Kaepernick (once considered a product of a gimmicky system at Nevada).</p> <p> Michael Sam is on the Alouettes’ negotiation list in case the pass rusher does not make it in the NFL.</p> <p> Tebow, like Wilson, has a connection to the Alouettes through Trestman. Before entering the NFL, Tebow received tutoring from the quarterback guru, then-Alouettes head coach and current Chicago Bears head coach.</p> <p> <strong>A welcome opportunity</strong></p> <p> If the CFL acquiring a former first-round pick and Heisman Trophy winner like Tebow still sounds preposterous, <a href="http://footballpost.wpengine.com/Inside-Chad-Johnsons-foray-into-the-CFL.html" target="_self">consider the Alouettes signed Chad Johnson</a>, a six-time Pro Bowler with the Bengals, and the wide receiver plays for them this season.</p> <p> Johnson catches passes from Troy Smith, the Ohio State quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in 2006, the year before Tebow captured the award.</p> <p> Smith was part of the plan to fill a void left by Anthony Calvillo, who threw for 79,816 yards — more than any other quarterback in pro football history — before retiring in January, five months after suffering a concussion.</p> <p> “If there was ever a time when (Tebow) wanted a great shot,” Popp said, “now is the time.”</p> <p> One obvious drawback, though, is that Tebow likely would have to take a pay cut from what he could potentially earn doing lucrative speaking engagements.</p> <p> The CFL has a $5 million salary cap in 2014, and the average salary is about $89,285.</p> <p> Tebow, who has joined the SEC Network as an analyst, has said that he will continue pursuing an NFL playing career.</p> <p> “I’m training every day and feel like I’m the best that I’ve ever been,” Tebow told <em><strong>The Tennessean</strong></em> last month. “I still love it, love playing, talking about it and I’m just excited about whatever the future holds. Who knows what could happen?”</p> <p> The Patriots cut Tebow during the 2013 preseason. He spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Broncos and 2012 with the Jets. Though his Broncos tenure included inconsistent play and wobbly passes, he led Denver to an AFC West title in 2011. Despite completing just 46.5 percent of his passes, Tebow used the read-option to pilot Denver during his 7-4 regular season record and won a playoff game on an 80-yard TD pass.</p> <p> “He may not be conventional,” Popp said. “We know the character. We know he’s been a champion. We know he’s a winner.”</p> <p> Even if the two-time BCS national champion decides to play in the CFL, some believe he would not be a good fit. The inclement weather represents a challenge for the passer &mdash; as does the wide field. Twelve yards wider than the NFL’s, it places an emphasis on passing accuracy, which has been Tebow’s greatest flaw.</p> <p> Will Tebow ever take snaps on that wide field for the Alouettes?</p> <p> “I don’t really for sure know,” Popp said. “His agent’s always given us the same answer: ‘He’s still trying to get back in the NFL, and that’s what he’s concentrating on.’”</p> <p> <strong>Follow Jeff on Twitter:</strong> @<a href="http://www.twitter.com/jfedotin" target="_blank">JFedotin</a></p> <p> <em><strong>Jeff Fedotin has written for Packers.com, Pro Football Weekly, ESPN The Magazine, the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World and Rivals.com. After graduating from Northwestern University, he interned for the Buffalo Bills. During his football playing days at Pembroke Hill (Mo.) School, Fedotin was known for his bad knees and even worse blocking. </strong></em></p>