JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (AP) - Tim Tebow won’t be playing for his hometown team.
But new general manager David Caldwell nixed that idea at his introductory news conference.
“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar _ even if he’s released,” Caldwell said.
And Caldwell won’t get any pushback from his new owner.
“It’s not my decision,” Khan said. “I want to do whatever to help this team win. Who the players are is really the general manager’s and coaches’ _ it’s a football-side operation decision. It’s really not my decision.”
Tebow starred at nearby Florida, helping the team win two national championship, and created buzz that he would be a huge hit with the Jaguars. He would sell tickets and merchandise, many said, and bring the small-market franchise national recognition and Super Bowl rings.
The Jaguars increased their offer several times. By the end of negotiations, Jacksonville had offered a fourth-round pick and agreed to pay $3 million of the $5 million in advance salary the Broncos had already paid Tebow. The money the Jaguars offered was better than the little more than $2.5 million the Jets agreed to pay, and the draft pick was nine spots higher than New York’s fourth-round selection.
But it never really got down to the details.