Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Should Avoid Tim Tebow at All Costs

Old AccountSenior Writer IMay 7, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Former Florida Gator and New York Jet Tim Tebow attends the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have begun rebuilding the struggling franchise from the bottom on up. General manager David Caldwell has instilled the strategy of adding young, talented players at skill positions through the draft. 

He opted to do this instead of chasing after a franchise quarterback in the recent draft, and has signed undrafted free agents Matt Scott and Jordan Rodgers to join the quarterback competition.

However, this franchise continues to be connected to Tim Tebow, who was released by the New York Jets a week ago.

The connections are obvious. Tebow has become not only an influential sports figure in the United States, but his presence in the state of Florida cannot go unnoticed. His success while playing college football with the Florida Gators makes him a player who could create some buzz around the franchise and manage to put people in the seats.

In fact, this idea has resonated with the Jaguars fanbase, who reportedly issued a petition to the White House to force the front office to sign Tebow.

Thus far, the new regime has shown no intentions of even considering to sign the former Heisman Trophy winner. Quite frankly, their decision is one that is certainly wise.

Not only does Tebow's talent as a quarterback serve no purpose for the new operation that head coach Gus Bradley is building, but the attention that he would bring to a franchise would clearly do more harm than good.

Last season, Tebow single-handedly created a circus that the New York media feasted on concerning the Jets quarterback battle. Although the Jacksonville market can not compare to the hype of the Empire State, the pressure for the former first-round pick to start would be a news story that is unavoidable.

The fact of the matter is that people will look at a team that finished with the second-worst record in the National Football League last year, and that Tebow's ability to elevate a team to overachieve may be the way to go for a franchise still trying to find its identity in league circles.

A one-year rental of his services would not lead to drama around a young team, but it also wouldn't lead to the success that everyone has come to expect regarding Tebow. The Jaguars are a team that has a bright owner who has hired young, talented minds to run the day-to-day operations of the team.

The results may not show in 2013, but any major developments involving the talent added within the last year would be an absolute win for the future of this franchise.

Ultimately, the idea of the Jaguars signing Tim Tebow serves no purpose. There is no benefit toward adding a player who provides no chance of improving this team today, tomorrow or anytime in the near future.