10 worst free agent signings in Jacksonville Jaguars franchise history

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2. Worst free agent signing in Jacksonville Jaguars history: Tim Tebow, TE

ESPN or Netflix might eventually do a feature on the Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville. If they do, they won’t have a shortage of material and could devote one or two episodes to Tim Tebow, who made the Meyer debacle a bit more bearable.

Most football fans know Tebow because of everything he did at Florida and because of the relative proximity, Jaguars fans got to witness him be the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy and led the Gators to two National Championship.

Tebow’s leadership skills were second to none and it’s not hyperbole to say that Flordia wouldn’t have achieved so much success without him. However, he was in for a rude awakening. Although the two-time Maxwell Award winner was a superb athlete, his throwing motion was painfully slow by NFL standards and his career as a quarterback was over in 2012, three years after the Denver Broncos made him a first-round selection in the 2010 draft.

Without another chance, Tebow gave baseball a shot but once again didn’t pan out. But then, Meyer became the Jaguars head coach and gave him the opportunity he had been waiting for. This time though, he played tight end or tried to. He attempted to make the transition in training camp but had a hard time adjusting.

Tebow struggled in pass protection and became a meme when he botched a blocking attempt against the Cleveland Browns in the preseason. Not long after, the Jaguars parted ways with him. The silver lining was that his jersey was the most sold in the NFL during the summer of 2021.