NFL: Dez Bryant Speaks Out After Urban Meyer Decides to Sign Former Star Tim Tebow to Jacksonville Jaguars

by Josh Lanier
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Former NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant is calling out the Jaguars for signing Tim Tebow. Jacksonville signed the former QB as a backup tight end, despite being out of the league for nearly a decade. The 32-year-old Bryant, who is looking for a team, said he didn’t understand the decision.

The Cowboys cut Bryant in 2018 after he refused to take a pay cut. The Saints added him to the roster, but an injury sidelined him. He last played for Baltimore last season but is now hoping another team will take a flyer on him.

So he was upset when he heard Tebow, who flamed out of the NFL in 2012 and spent the past several years bouncing around the New York Mets farm system, was returning to the league.

Though Bryant repeatedly said he wasn’t upset with Tebow, going as far as to tweet if he were Jags coach Urban Meyer he would have also signed the former quarterback. He said he only called out the former quarterback to “get your attention” and followed that up by saying race played a role in the decision.

Bryant isn’t the only former NFL player questioning the logic of signing Tebow. Many others are, too. Former NFL defensive lineman turned analyst Mike Golic said the move is another Meyer misstep.

“I honestly don’t understand the Tebow move at all, 8yrs out of ball, never played the position, can he block? Can he catch? Is this the way Urban is running the show……let’s not forget Urban’s ridiculous hire of the former Iowa strength coach, which lasted about a day,” Golic tweeted.

Meyer hired Chris Doyle, a former strength and conditioning coach, who was accused of racist and abusive behavior while at Iowa University. His tenure with the Jaguars lasted one day after a fan backlash.

Urban Meyer Defends Decision to Sign Tim Tebow

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has a history with Tebow. He was the now 33-year-old’s coach at Florida when the Gators won two National Championships, and Tebow won a Heisman Trophy. The two are also apparently neighbors in Jacksonville, the New York Post reported.

Meyer defended the move.

“I have one job and that is to win games with the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Meyer said. “If Tim Tebow or Travis Etienne can help us win, then that’s my job to get them ready to go play. That decision is certainly not made yet.”

Tebow also brings experience and knowledge about life as an NFL quarterback that could help No. 1 NFL Draft pick Trevor Lawrence. He and Lawrence have a lot in common, as well.

“The most important thing for Trevor is to learn the offense, it’s not to sell billboards around the state of Florida,” Meyer said, according to CBS Sports. “And we’re going to be very cautious about that. The good thing is that’s very important to him. He’s not a guy, as you can see, he’s not even at the draft. His focus is he wants to live here, he wants to move here, he wants to train here, he wants to win. Obviously, that’s very appealing to our staff.”