Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Tuesday at the NFL Career Development Symposium in Philadelphia that he is “fascinated” by all the Tim Tebow talk swirling around the Jaguars, Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union reports.
“We’re looking for the best players obviously for us that help us win. How many players are in the NFL? I would assume it’s 90 X 32 at this point, right? So, ballpark about 3,000 players, correct? Why one player?…Why do you ask about one player? What about the other 2,999. Because I am fascinated with that,” Khan said according to the New York Daily News.
One reason is that Tebow is a Jacksonville native who played at Florida and has a large following in the Jacksonville area.
He also indicated that he is letting general manager David Caldwell decide whether to bring in Tebow and Caldwell said when he was hired that he couldn’t imagine a scenario in which Tebow would be signed by the Jaguars. And a Khan spokesman said when Tebow was cut by the New York Jets last week that he is not in the Jaguars plans.
On Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley making the decisions, Khan said, “To me, it was like I got to get the most competent guys — general manager, head coach. Then I want to empower them and give them the resources. This is the NFL. You’ve got to hold them accountable. I don’t think it is right for me to go out and say — forget about a specific player — which of the 3000 players in the league they ought to have and not have. So it’s for them to decide.”
Last year, Khan did suggest the Jaguars look into getting Tebow when he was traded by the Broncos, but he went to the Jets.
On fans petitioning the White House to get the Jaguars to get Tebow, Khan said, “It’s a free country. You got a democracy. So people have a right to express themselves.”