So with the Jacksonville Jaguars struggling to fill up their home stadium and owner Wayne Weaver admirably committed to keeping the team in Jacksonville and one of the greatest football players of all time not far away from Jacksonville, could that player be the one to save the franchise?
As pointed out Wednesday by John Taylor of CFT, Jags owner Wayne Weaver recently has addressed the notion of adding Tebow to the team via the 2010 draft.
“Star power is incredible, and Tebow is an iconic figure,” Weaver said. “That’s very compelling. He clearly is an outstanding football player and would be an asset to any football organization.”
There are a couple of potential problems with Weaver’s candor, however.
First, specific rules apply to what NFL officials can say about players who have remaining college eligibility. As we vaguely recall the rule, there can be no comments about college players until they have been officially accepted for consideration in the draft. So, basically, Weaver might soon be making an involuntary contribution to the Human Fund.
Second, unless the Jaguars land with the top pick in the draft (and maybe that goal is more realistic and attainable than, say, making the playoffs), Weaver has given every team picking in front of the Jaguars fuel to hold an open auction for the ability to leapfrog the Jags and snag Tebow.
Regardless, there’s a long way to go before any of this comes to fruition. But that’s all the more reason for no coach, G.M., or owner to say anything about any of the players who are still playing college football.