The Omaha Beef indoor football team offer ex-Jets QB Tim Tebow a $75-a-day contract a day after Tebow found himself unemployed.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon received a four-game suspension to start the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Blackmon, who pleaded guilty to DUI in July, can return Sept. 30, the league announced.
“I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse,” Blackmon said in a statement. “I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation. I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person.”
Blackmon was arrested during a traffic stop in Oklahoma June 3, and later took a breath test that allegedly showed his blood-alcohol content to be three times the legal limit. An Oklahoma judge accepted Blackmon’s plea and deferred his sentence for one year. Blackmon had to pay a $500 fine, $100 to a drug abuse and treatment fund and complete 50 hours of community service.
The fifth overall pick by the Jaguars in 2012, Blackmon had 64 receptions for 865 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie season.
JAGUARS REALLY DON’T WANT TEBOW: Tim Tebow will not — repeat, will not— be wearing a Jacksonville Jaguars uniform this season, as the team quickly moved to dispel any rumors about their interest in man who won the Heisman Trophy while at the University of Florida.
“The Jacksonville Jaguars’ plans do not include Tim Tebow,” Jim Woodcock, spokesman for team owner Shad Khan, wrote in an email to the Times-Union on Monday.
The statement is consistent with the team’s position all along regarding Tebow, amid all the speculation that he would be cut by the Jets.
A year earlier, the Jaguars nearly landed Tebow from Denver, which had recently signed Peyton Manning. The team offered a fourth-round pick and a willingness to pay part of Tebow’s salary advance, but he was sent to the Jets instead, who offered Denver a similar deal.
Afterward, Khan told the paper that Tebow didn’t want to play for the Jaguars.
“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,” Khan said.
Jacksonville currently has four quarterbacks on the roster: veterans Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne and undrafted rookies Matt Scott (Arizona) and Jordan Rodgers (Vanderbilt).
The Canadian Football League also seems unlikely as a landing spot. The Montreal Alouettes own Tebow’s exclusive CFL negotiating rights, but general manager Jim Popp told the Montreal Gazette that his team has plenty of signal callers.
“We have quarterbacks under contract,” Jim Popp told the Gazette. “We’re going to camp in a month. We’ve got a starting quarterback. I’m not out there enticing or trying to convince (Tebow) to come to Montreal because he’s (not) going to be a starting quarterback. He would be coming to Montreal to be a backup player … to learn the game and, maybe, in the future, he’ll be able to compete for a starting job.”
Tebow offered contract by indoor team; Jets’ QB pick Smith fires agent after NFL Draft debacle
OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha Beef indoor football team has a job for Tim Tebow, if the recently unemployed quarterback is interested.
The Nebraska team called the office of Tebow’s agent Jimmy Sexton to offer a standard player contract, which includes a salary of $75 a day. Beef assistant GM Andrew Mather told TV station WOWT Omaha on Tuesday that he doesn’t expect to hear back, but wanted to ask.
Current Beef’s quarterback, James McNear, has thrown for 21 touchdowns while leading his team to a 5-1 start. He said he would welcome Tebow’s arrival.
“I think Tim can learn a lot from me,” McNear said.
Tebow was recently cut by the New York Jets and has not re-signed with another team.
SMITH FIRES AGENT: New York Jets draft pick Geno Smith has parted ways with Select Sports Group, but told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that it wasn’t related to his big drop in last weekend’s draft.
The former West Virginia quarterback was taken 39th overall, rather than in the first round as some had predicted.
“I don’t want to shed too much light on it,” he told SiriusXM. “The thing that I can tell you is that it’s not because of the whole draft experience. It’s not because of one particular incident. There are a number of things, and that story, you know, that battle will be fought on a different day. As of right now, I don’t feel too comfortable talking about all the details of it.”
Smith must wait five days before he can sign with another agent. Sports Business Journal was the first to report his decision.
Because of the rookie wage scale, Smith will net a contract similar to last year’s 39th pick, St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who earned a four-year deal worth $4.99 million.