The Jacksonville Jaguars were involved in the trade talks, according to sources. NFL.com reported the St. Louis Rams also made an attempt to acquire Tebow.
The Jaguars were having internal discussions about bringing in Tebow through a trade Tuesday afternoon but had not yet formally negotiated with the Broncos, a source said. But the Jaguars were considered to be one of the more serious candidates to acquire the former Nease High School standout.
Chatter that Tebow could land in Jacksonville started almost as soon as Peyton Manning began negotiating with the Denver Broncos. When Manning made it official with the Broncos this week, ESPN reported that the Jets, Packers, Dolphins and Jaguars were discussing the possibility of trading for Tebow, although it wasn’t clear if those were formal negotiations or internal discussions.
The Jaguars passed on Tebow during the 2010 draft, opting to draft defensive tackle Tyson Alualu with the No. 10 overall pick. Tebow was selected 25th. Last season, Jacksonville traded up to acquire quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the No. 10 pick. This month the Jaguars signed Chad Henne to back up Gabbert and paid him a $3 million signing bonus, which seemed to signal the Jaguars weren’t interested in bringing in Tebow.
But team owner Shahid Khan said in a radio interview with WOKV before the Super Bowl that he would have drafted Tebow in 2010, and indicated he would consider bringing in Tebow if he became available.
“I share your sentiment,” Khan said to a caller who said he hoped the Jaguars would consider Tebow. “When is the next time Jacksonville is gonna have an athlete like Tim Tebow?”
After Manning’s signing made a Tebow trade possible, reports surfaced that four teams, including the Jaguars, Jets, Packers and Dolphins, had discussed the possibility of trading for Tim Tebow. A friend of Tebow’s relayed a conversation to a radio station in which Tebow expressed a desire to return to his home state. Tebow started Denver’s last three regular season games in his rookie year. Last year, he became the team’s starter and led them into the postseason, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs but losing to the New England Patriots.
At the University of Florida, Tebow was a three-time finalist for the Heisman Trophy, winning it in his sophomore year, and he played for two national championship teams.