JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Florida star and 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow is returning to the NFL after officially signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The team tweeted out the announcement on Thursday morning.
“We have signed TE Tim Tebow,” the tweet read.
“I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn a chance to be a part of this team. I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace,” Tebow said in a statement.
According to ESPN’s NFL reporter Adam Schefter, Tebow signed a one-year contract Wednesday.
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The 33-year-old Tebow would be returning to the NFL after four years (2016-19) in the New York Mets’ organization and he’ll be playing for Urban Meyer for the first time since his senior year in 2009.
This reunion would come with a twist, though.
Tebow will be joining the Jaguars as a tight end. He switched positions after retiring from baseball in February.
Tebow will be on the field with his new teammates Thursday for a voluntary, closed workout. He is not expected to have any media availability until training camp, at the earliest, in hopes of minimizing the media circus that follows the devout Christian who has received rock star treatment at every NFL stop.
His comeback is an unprecedented one because of his age, his new position and the fact that he last played in a regular-season game in 2012, with the New York Jets.