New Jax GM on Tebow: No way

January, 10, 2013
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So much for the possibility of Tim Tebow experiencing a soft landing in his hometown of Jacksonville.

New Jaguars general manager David Caldwell, in his introductory news conference Thursday, slammed the door shut on that possibility.

"I can't imagine a scenario where he'd be a Jacksonville Jaguar -- even if he's released," Caldwell said emphatically.

It's not hard to figure out what happened here: Jaguars owner Shahid Kahn is a huge Tebow fan and was telling people he wanted him, but he's obviously deferring to his new GM on this one. Caldwell probably made that clear to Kahn in his three interviews before getting the job.

Tebow won't be back with the Jets, as we reported last month. They gave up a fourth-round pick, paid him $1.5 million and used him for only 73 plays on offense. At some point before free agency in March, they will release him.

The only teams that expressed interest in Tebow when the Broncos put him on the trading blocks were the Jets, Jaguars and Rams. Needless to say, he might have a hard time catching on somewhere next season.

On a side note, you have to like Caldwell's direct, no-nonsense approach to the Tebow matter. It was refreshing to hear an honest answer; the Jets haven't given an honest answer on Tebow in, oh, about nine months.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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