When Tim Tebow said he was not in position to choose between the Jets and Jaguars when Denver was trading him, it sure seemed like he wasn’t being entirely truthful.
John Elway contradicted him and I concluded that Tebow was being literal and that behind the scenes he was talking to agent Jimmy Sexton who was talking to Elway and the Broncos. Players often fail to realize the degree to which their agent is serving as a power broking middle man and speaking on their behalf, and it was a complicated situation for Tebow. Peter King of SI.com reported that Tebow absolutely had a say in where he landed.
The Jaguars could have upped their offer and landed him, but owner Shah Khan didn’t see why to do it when Tebow didn’t want to join them.
Khan talked with Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.
"That would have been the worst thing for Jacksonville and the worst thing for him. 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."
Khan told Ganguli he got a full explanation from Gene Smith about why the Broncos didn’t draft Tebow, and then asked his GM to prepare to make an offer. The owner was in touch with Denver from the moment the Broncos got Peyton Manning, and he said his legal team actually found and investigated the contract language that impacted finances of the deal and prompted some teams to drop off.
As I wrote when Tebow landed with the Jets, he did the Jaguars a favor, as they can now say he didn’t want to come home to Jacksonville.
"It’s well-thought, it’s logical, we’ve offered more money and we have a higher draft pick," Khan said. "It’s up to the player. It’s not up to me. We’ve done everything.
"In a way, this turned out great. If he doesn’t want to come, here we would have blown through a draft pick, blown through money, because cash and salary cap, you’ve blown through all that and we have a player who doesn’t want to be there. From their viewpoint that is a far, far better alternative."
The Jags have done everything. Tebow didn't want them.
Both are true. Both fit neatly in them explaining why he's elsewhere as they move on without him.