According to Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Florida native Tim Tebow did not want to play for his hometown team.
"That would have been the worst thing for Jacksonville and the worst thing for him," Kahn said, according to Jacksonville.com. "He didn’t want to come, obviously. … Any one of the 53 players we have, have to be committed to Jacksonville, making us be the best team we are. The question was: Did he want to come? And if the decision had been taken out [of his hands] and we got him, that would not be good for him, or for us.”
Last week both the New York Jets and the Jaguars were in the bidding to acquire Tebow via trade from the Denver Broncos. Denver reportedly sought Tebow’s input before the trade was made.
At the time, many thought Jacksonville would be a logical fit for Tebow. The 23-year-old quarterback grew up in Jacksonville and is a hero in the area for his massive success as the quarterback for the University of Florida. Tebow had served as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback for the second half of last season, spurring them to a playoff berth and a first round victory. He became expendable for the Broncos, however, when the team signed Peyton Manning to a five-year deal.