Why don’t the Jags sign Tim Tebow?

Economists like to point out that voluntary trades are generally “wealth-maximizing”, since contracting parties are made better off when they trade with each other. So why don’t the Jackonsville Jaguars sign Tim Tebow? Tebow, after all, really wants to play in the NFL, while the Jaguars really need a decent quarterback. As things stand now, the Jags are probably one of the worst teams in the NFL this season (and last season too–their record was an abysmal 2-14 last year). So here’s a thought: now that angry-bird Bill Belichick unmercifully cut Tim Tebow from the New England Patriots’ 53-man roster, why won’t the Jaguars at least consider signing Tebow for the 2013-14 season? After all, what would Jacksonville have to lose by signing Tebow as their starting or back-up QB? The way prior probability sees it, the Jags can’t get any worse with Tebow on their roster, so there is no down side to signing Tebow, but they would generate a lot of goodwill and national publicity for their team by signing Tebow. What do you think?

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4 responses to “Why don’t the Jags sign Tim Tebow?

  1. Dallin McDowell

    I can see this as being both a good and bad scenario for both sides. Tim Tebow most likely does not want to play for a team that has such horrible rankings and he is used to playing on a team with higher stats. Conversely, it is better to play for ANY team than for no team at all so that is one reality that he must face sooner than later. If he were to choose to play for the Jags, his joining this the team may boost team morale enough to inspire the other players to perform on a higher level and they could end up being the underdogs at the Super Bowl. However, this is only speculation. If he joins the team and they remain just as mediocre or in the worst case scenario do worse then everyone would point the finger to Tebow for failing to make a losing team any better. If I was Tim Tebow’s agent and I knew he had other NFL options I would encourage him to take those other options. The chances of one person revitalizing an entire team can be done, but does not always happen no matter how much effort that person makes and it would be too much pressure. If he does NOT have any other options and he wants to continue in the game without taking a season off I would tell him to join the team, but do not feel like it is his responsibility to carry the weight of an entire franchise.

  2. That’s good advice for Tebow. But now let’s look at this potential contract from the Jaguars point of view (or from the point of view of any other sorry NFL team): what is stopping them from signing Tebow and making their offer public to force Tebow’s hand?

    • Tebow was 11-for-30 passing for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in three preseason games for the Patriots before coach Bill Belichick released him during Saturday’s final cutdowns. Statistics alone is enough reason for the Jaguars not to pick up Tim Tebow. The Jaguars would be better off drafting a more NFL suited quarterback. Tim Tebow has been tried to be changed to a more NFL style quarterback but it has not worked out so far and it would be a waste of time and money for the Jaguars from a prospective point of view.

  3. Your point is well-taken: Tebow is a below-average QB, statistically speaking. But my point is that the Jags are a below average team now, and the next NFL draft will not take place until after this season is over. Tebow is available now, and even if he is not that good, he can’t make the Jags any worse than they already are!

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