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Tim Tebow’s comeback and NFL career are over.

The Jacksonville Jaguars waived Tebow on Tuesday, parting with the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who switched from quarterback to tight end in hopes of rejuvenating his pro football career.

“We knew that was an uphill battle for Tim,” said coach Urban Meyer, who recruited Tebow to nearby Florida. “Players loved him, locker room loved him, but it was the right thing [to do].”

Tebow’s blocking ranged from awkward to awful in Jacksonville’s preseason opener against Cleveland on his 34th birthday. The polarizing player went viral for two botched attempts on the opening drive of the third quarter Saturday night, the second one more egregious than the first.


“He has a bunch of good plays but can’t have a bad play at that position,” said Meyer, who spoke to Tebow about the roster decision Monday night and again Tuesday morning.

Tebow also failed to record a catch against the Browns and got no snaps on special teams. Meyer said Tebow’s play lacked consistency, especially in tackling. And if Tebow were going to make Jacksonville’s 53-man roster, he needed to be a special teams contributor.

Meyer said he expects this to be the end of Tebow’s playing career.

“I would guess it is,” Meyer said. “We didn’t get that deep with it. Obviously he’s his own man, elite warrior, elite competitor. But he’s also 34 years old.”

Tebow was shielded from the media circus that followed him during other NFL stops and never publicly addressed his return after nearly six years away from the game. The Jacksonville native responded on Twitter and thanked his hometown team for a chance.

“Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks,” Tebow wrote. “I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream.”


Seahawks extend Adams

The Seahawks signed Jamal Adams to a four-year contract extension that is expected to make the former All-Pro the highest-paid safety in the NFL.

Adams was on the practice field for the first time this training camp after the deal was signed and announced by the team. NFL Network first reported the agreement, which is expected to be worth up to $70 million and includes $38 million guaranteed.

Jamal Adams speaks with the media after agreeing to a massive new deal.
Jamal Adams speaks with the media after agreeing to a massive new deal.Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

Adams had been “holding in” since the start of training camp while waiting for a new deal to get done with his rookie contract set to expire after this season. Adams had been attending meetings but hadn’t been participating in on-field activities.

Adams, 25, was acquired from the Jets in a massive trade last summer, a deal that cost Seattle two first-round picks. When the trade was made, Seattle seemed determined to find a way to keep Adams around longer than two years. While there was talk about using the franchise tag, a long-term deal was always the best route for Seattle from a salary-cap perspective.

Adams had a mixed first season with the Seahawks. He thrived as a pass rusher, setting an NFL record for sacks by a defensive back with 9½. But he struggled at times in coverage and suffered significant hand and shoulder injuries that limited him as the season progressed.

Adams appeared in 12 regular-season games and finished with 83 tackles and one forced fumble. He was an All-Pro selection in 2019 with the Jets.


Dawkins describes illness

Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins said he spent four days in the hospital with the coronavirus and there were days where he didn’t know if he would survive.

“I don’t want to scare anybody, but there was moments that I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m gonna make this,’ ” Dawkins said. “I was down bad where I could barely move and I was just hurting.”

Dawkins has been slowly making his way back into the lineup after being activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Aug. 12, and he received his most extensive work to date during team drills at Tuesday’s practice. He shared his harrowing experience afterward, calling it one of the lowest points of his life.

Dion Dawkins is back after a bout with COVID-19.
Dion Dawkins is back after a bout with COVID-19.Adrian Kraus/Associated Press

“I never even thought I could even get that low because I’m so animated,” Dawkins said. “And that hit hard. Even with the mental stuff, it hit every part of me and I was shocked that it could even hit that. Being in the hospital was probably the hardest part because I was like, ‘I’m in the hospital and my team is out there working. And I’m here. I’m not helping if I’m not present.’ ”

Dawkins said that he had received two doses of the vaccine, but was not fully vaccinated when he was infected; he had not yet reached the end of the two-week window following his second shot. He said the symptoms were plentiful and that he lost roughly 15 pounds because of dehydration and a reduced appetite.


Smith improving

Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith participated in some team drills at practice, continuing his return from a knee sprain. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner’s status is still uncertain for Thursday night’s preseason game against the Patriots. Smith got hurt two weeks ago in what he called a “freak” injury when a defender fell on him. “I’m excited. I feel good,” Smith said. “Just coming in every day, just taking it day by day, step by step, continuing to get more comfortable with it.” … The Jets placed offensive lineman Cam Clark on injured reserve. Clark is sidelined with a bruised spinal cord after being injured during practice on Aug. 3 and hospitalized overnight. It’s unclear when — or if — he’ll be able to play again, but he is expected to make a full recovery … The Saints cut cornerback Prince Amukamara, a 2011 first-round pick of the Giants who was signed early in camp and briefly received first-team snaps in practice.