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It only took a decade, but Tim Tebow is finally ready to move on to the tight end, and it looks like he’s back in the NFL. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero Report Jacksonville Jaguars will sign ESPN college football analyst on a one-year contract. This will be the first time Tebow has been on an NFL roster since 2012.
A 33-year-old who’s never played tight end before wouldn’t be an attractive prospect for many NFL teams. It is certainly good for Tebow that his college coach, Urban Meyer, is the new head coach in Jacksonville.
Since leaving the league for the first time, Tebow has been on the ESPN roster. He made his debut in August 2014 within the SEC network and has seen his role within the company grow ever since. During the offseason, he even took the time to play baseball in the Mets minor league system.
News of a Jacksonville tryout for Tebow began on draft day. It seemed like a long shot that he would be part of the team. Demetri Ravanos of BSM even suggested ESPN tell Tebow it was time to stop “cosplaying as an athlete” and focus on broadcasting.
Call it fail. Call it divine intervention. Call it what you want. Tim Tebow has apparently proven the skeptics wrong.
Details on how this will affect ESPN have yet to be announced. A one-year contract does not guarantee that Tebow will be on the roster, so it is possible that Bristol will go into ‘wait and see’ mode. However, this is not baseball. Tim Tebow is a college football analyst. ESPN may not feel like it can be patient before it makes a move.
Currently, Tim Tebow hosts the SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show. SEC Nation. He also makes regular appearances on ESPN as part of Sports center, First take, get up!, and College Football Live.