The Tim Tebow era in Jacksonville is over. The Jaguars officially released the former quarterback-turned-tight end on Tuesday after he came out of retirement to try and revitalize his NFL career under Urban Meyer. In all, Tebow spent nearly three months on the Jags roster. And while that's not a ton of time, Tebow's return after a six-year hiatus from the NFL did have its notable moments.
Below, we'll roll through some of the headlines Tebow made during his comeback attempt.
Signs with Jaguars, converts to tight end
On May 20, the Jaguars officially signed Tebow to a one-year contract worth $920,000 (none of which was guaranteed). This not only ended a six-year absence from the NFL for Tebow, but the former first-round quarterback was also set to embark on a full-scale position change as he would try out for the team as a tight end.
"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 statement following the Jaguars announcement. "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."
The signing came after Tebow worked out for the Jaguars. Urban Meyer later noted that he was not present for Tebow's tryout.
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Tebow's No. 85 jersey becomes NFL's top-selling item
"Tebow-mania" came back with a vengeance. After the Jaguars officially brought Tebow aboard and debuted that he'd be sporting No. 85 with the team, it became an instant hit. Roughly 24 hours after pen was put to paper on his contract with the team, the top five selling items on NFLShop.com belonged to Tebow, including Jacksonville's black alternative game jersey.
While the jury was still out whether or not he'd be able to make the Jags roster at the time, it was clear that Tebow was still an extremely popular figure among NFL fans.
NFL players split on Tebow's return
When the news came in that the Jaguars were set to sign Tebow earlier in May, it garnered a ton of reaction from past and present NFL players. Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe was among those critical of the move, saying it was an attempt by the Jaguars to "sell tickets" and "it's not because he can play." Receiver Dez Bryant at the time tweeted: "So Tebow haven't played an NFL game in damn near a decade and it's that simple...no hate but you got to be kidding me."
Meanwhile, others -- like Marcellus Wiley -- seemed to be fine with Tebow getting a shot saying: "Why y'all tripping on Tebow? We all have homies that work out until they're in their 30s trying to make it to the league and very, very few make it...and they're not Tim Freaking Tebow! But, for those fortunate few that get a shot, are you mad? Something doesn't add up."
Preseason struggles go viral
It wasn't exactly a blockbuster debut for Tebow during Jacksonville's preseason opener against the Browns. He played just 16 snaps and there wasn't much positive to write home about. He was targeted by Gardner Minshew in the second quarter, but receiver Tavon Austin jumped in front of the ball to snatch the would-be receiving attempt.
Arguably the lowest moment of Tebow's stint with the Jaguars came on a block attempt. He didn't do much to get in the way of his defender and even appeared to spear one of his teammates in the chest upon getting up.
Cut by the Jaguars
Not too long after Jacksonville's preseason opener, Tebow was cut by the team as it began trimming its roster.
"Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks," Tebow said, via Twitter. "I've never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I'm grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream. Thank you to the Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey. And we know that God works all things together for good. Romans 8:28."