Tim Tebow Reportedly Expected to Play for Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2012

Tim Tebow has been used sparingly with the New York Jets this year, but it appears the quarterback won't have to worry about that next year. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Tebow will almost certainly be a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars next season:

League sources say it is a virtual certainty Tim Tebow will land a job back home with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.

Circumstances in Jacksonville have changed since Tebow chose the Jets over the Jaguars when he was traded by the Denver Broncos in March.

Jacksonville owner Shad Khan wanted Tebow, but there was no assurance that the former Heisman Trophy winner would get an opportunity to play because the team was still committed to 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert.

In 2013, the Jaguars will have an open quarterback competition and a team source conceded it's a "high likelihood" Tebow will be part of the mix.

This would make complete sense for the Jaguars and Tebow. The polarizing signal-caller played his high-school football at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla. and played college football with the Florida Gators.

Plus, Blaine Gabbert hasn't necessarily wowed people as Jacksonville's starting quarterback. It's hard to say for sure, but Tebow would provide valuable insurance on the depth chart.

Tebow would probably have more value with Jacksonville than he would with any other team. The Jaguars need to put people in the stands, and Tebow would add some excitement to a roster that desperately lacks it at this point in time.

This news comes right after New York Post reporter Brian Costello made it known that the Jets planned on parting ways with Tebow after the season. That wasn’t hard to guess before the report, but it set things in motion. Because of his roots, Jacksonville seemed like a logical destination from the get-go.

Tebow has just 39 yards passing on eight attempts this season, and he only has 32 rushing attempts. The Jets either don’t know how to use him or simply never had any intention of doing so.

Maybe the Jacksonville idea won’t come to fruition, but all the pieces fit. He won’t be expensive to bring in, and he would feel at home in the Sunshine State. He’d also (presumably) be entering a low-pressure situation and would hopefully be used more than he was in New York.

Anything that Tebow does automatically attracts attention, and Jacksonville needs that right now. If he played his cards right, he could even find himself as the team’s No. 1 quarterback, depending on what the Jags do this offseason.

Because he's a known leader and always provides a buzz, this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.