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Chiefs wasted no time in signing Ex-Jaugars RB Hyde

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We already knew that Carlos Hyde was on the move to another team, and on Saturday it did not take long for him to land. And while we haven’t been able to see or hear his reaction yet, going from the lowly Jaguars to the AFC West champions Chiefs to play with Patrick Mahomes, has to be lighting Hyde’s face up like the 4th of July.

First, as we wrote on Friday, the Jaguars released the former second round pick of the 49ers in a salary cap move with several other players to free up $20+ million in space.

Well, obviously Hyde had been preparing to be available, and he and his representatives quickly got a deal done with Kansas City.

Obviously, the attraction of hooking up with the second-year sensation Mahomes’ is huge. And, Kansas city has a void after releasing Veteran running back Kareem Hunt after the emergence of a domestic violence video during last season.

Kansas City was forced to go with veteran running back, and former Dolphins player, Damien Williams at the end of last season. Williams actually had a three touchdown rushing game against the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Back to Hyde. After being drafted in the second round by the 49ers in 2014, he was  traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2018. But, he played in only six games in Cleveland before they traded him to the Jaguars just before the deadline.

Hyde only carried the ball 58 times for 189 yards backing up Leonard Fournette, and did not have a touchdown, as the Jaguars fizzled out at 5 – 11.

Hyde’s 2019 salary in Jacksonville was a non-guaranteed $4.7 million and the Jaguars decided to sacrifice that money and move on from Hyde to free up money to go sign other free agents.

Amazingly, after showing such promise just three years ago with the 49ers, this will be the fourth team that Hyde carries the ball for in those three seasons.

And intriguing subplot is the schedule, as the Jaguars will host Kansas City upcoming in 2019 at a date and time to be determined.

You have to believe that Hyde is looking forward to that game, and possible payback on one of his old teams.

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Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue hinting he’s gone again?

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One of the key free-agent questions for the Jaguars continues to be whether or not they’re going to allow their best pass rusher, Yannick Ngakoue, to test the free-agent market coming up? And, once again, the player may be giving a clue that he’s going to do just that.

Ngakoue tweeted Wednesday morning the following phrase, which seems to indicate, yet again, that he will be playing somewhere else in 2020:

This goes along with something that we wrote earlier in January. That’s when just a couple of days after the season Ngakoue posted essentially a goodbye message to Jaguar fans. This came on the heels of him having held out for a new contract for the first few days of training camp last August, but not receiving a new deal during the season, etc.

Ngakoue, whose 37.5 career sacks are the most by a Jaguars player after 63 career games, is sure to be a sought-after player from many different teams. GM Dave Caldwell said at the end of the season when asked about re-sgning his star pass rusher, “He is a tremendous player and even a better person. How he handled his business this year was tremendous. But, I would say that’s priority No. 1, to make sure he comes back to Jacksonville. Hopefully, we can get that done. ″

It’s also worth noting that at Tuesday’s NFL Scouting Combine at media availability in Indianapolis, coach Doug Marrone repeated that he wants Ngakoue to remain in Jaguars teal and white:

However, it remains to be seen if Marrone and Caldwell are willing to “pony up” huge money for him or even potentially,  put the franchise tag on him before free agency begins next month?

Ngakoue figures to want a contract close to what the top ends are getting paid right now. Demarcus Lawrence and Frank Clark both signed five-year, over $100 million deals in 2019 and received guaranteed money that exceeded $62 million. That is massive for Jacksonville.

If the Jags opt for the “franchise tag,” then the talented end will be making around $19 million dollars, which is the current average of the top five players at his position. The Jaguars could also put the tag on him and then work on a longer term, salary cap friendly, deal that would replace the tag later in the off season.

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Jaguars confirm they are declining option on DT Dareus

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At Tuesday’s media session at the NFL Scouting Combine, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell made official what had been rumored for the last couple of days regarding defensive tackle Marcell Dareus: he will not be brought back for a fourth season in Jacksonville.

Caldwell was a specifically asked about Dareus’ status and gave a quick answer is part of his Q&A session:

Dareus only played briefly in 2019, as he suffered a core muscle injury that sidelined him after only six games and he was placed on injured reserve. The former number one pick of the Buffalo Bills had played for coach Doug Marrone for a couple of seasons in Western New York.

Marrone and Caldwell traded for Dareus during the 2017 season and he helped them with their rise to the AFC South title and two playoff wins. This included Darius registering two sacks and four other tackles-for-loss in the Jaguars three playoff games that year.

Dareus made the Pro Bowl twice in Buffalo in 2013-14.

However, he has not lived up to his hefty contract that was reworked Jacksonville last February. Last season, Dareus made over $8 million dollars and the team would have been on the hook for $20 million this year had they picked up the option. That obviously wasn’t going to happen.

Dareus also has had legal troubles off the field, including a civil suit against him in Tampa for alleged sexual misconduct. As we wrote previously, a woman alleged that Dareus had sexually assaulted her in January of 2018 at a North Tampa Florida home, while Dareus was in town for the Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff Championship Game.

However, that suit filed in Hillsborough County court was “dismissed with prejudice” last April, which means it cannot be re-filed.

Dareus, if healthy after the core muscle injury rehab, may have some value as a defensive tackle on the free agent market.

As for the Jaguars, they have former #1 pick defensive tackle Taven Bryan to play more in the middle and are trying to decide if free agent-to-be, DE Yannick Ngakoue, can be afforded for their 2020 salary cap?

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