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Jaguars sign Tim Tebow to one-year contract as tight end

Tim Tebow, who last played in the NFL as a quarterback in 2012, joined the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday as a tight end. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Tim Tebow, who last played in the NFL as a quarterback in 2012, joined the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday as a tight end. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

May 20 (UPI) -- Tim Tebow's attempt to revive his NFL career officially started Thursday, when the Jacksonville Jaguars signed the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback as a tight end, the team announced.

Tebow, who signed a one-year contract, last appeared in an NFL regular-season game in 2012 while with the New York Jets. He will wear No. 85 in Jacksonville and attempt to make the team's 53-man regular-season roster this off-season and potentially in the preseason.

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"I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team," Tebow said in a news release.

"I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace. I am dedicated to taking the direction of our coaching staff and learning from my teammates. I appreciate everyone's support as I embark on this new journey."

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Tebow attempted to make several other NFL rosters from 2013 through 2015, but left the game to pursue a baseball career in 2016 with the New York Mets. He played four seasons in the Mets' Minor League system, but never advanced beyond the Triple-A level.

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Tebow announced his retirement from baseball in February. He worked out with the Jaguars earlier this off-season.

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer coached Tebow at the University of Florida from 2006 through 2009. The duo won national titles in 2006-07 and 2008-09.

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Tebow, the No. 25 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, started a career-high 11 games in 2011 for the Denver Broncos.

He posted a 7-4 record as a starter and completed 46.5% of his throws for 1,729 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions that season. Tebow, known for his powerful running style, rushed for 660 yards and six scores in 2011.

Often criticized for below-average accuracy, Tebow completed just 47.9% of his throws for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 35 career appearances at the NFL level. He never caught a pass in his previous three-year NFL tenure.

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Tebow is expected to participate in the Jaguars' off-season workouts.

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