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If Cowboys are willing to part with Romo, should Jags pursue him?

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The inevitable questions about Tony Romo’s future status in Big D came a lot faster than most expected. As Mason Crosby’s last second field goal just snuck inside the left upright Sunday night to complete the Packers stunning win over the NFC’s top seed, “what to do with Romo?” followed almost immediately.

Here’s what we know: the Cowboys team/locker room is clearly Dak Prescott’s. The rookie not only played brilliantly for most of the 2016 regular season, but after a slow first half, he led Dallas’ stirring comeback to tie the game at 31. That included Prescott showing the elusiveness and instinct needed on a crucial two point conversation to tie the game at 28.

He then led the pressure packed tying field goal drive in the final minute to get the game to 31-31. Alas, he watched like everyone else, as Aaron Rodgers made an incredible throw to Jared Cook and the Cowboys season was “cooked” shortly afterwards.

With the end, comes roster evaluation for Dallas and Romo is a significant part of that. And, would another team, like the one in Jacksonville, be interested, if he’s available?

The Jags clearly have to look at all options besides QB Blake Bortles, and this includes a veteran, who could come in and help them win immediately. Romo would in theory fit that profile. That’s if, Jacksonville wants the “win right now” mentality.

Here are the realities: Romo will turn 37 in April. In each of the last two seasons he’s suffered injuries (collarbone two years ago and back this year), which have basically kept him out the entire year.  His salary for 2017 with bonuses is near 25 million and the Cowboys are on the hook for 19 million in figurative “dead cap,” which means they pushed bonus money into this year of the deal and it counts no matter what. That is, even if Romo is traded, the “dead cap” will count.

Obviously, it’s a big deterrent to trying to trade him. What most likely has to happen for that is Romo would have to agree to re-structure his deal and make less money. This, in hopes that the Jaguars, Broncos, Texans or someone else interested, would take the chance on a 37 year old QB for a season or two to help them….if he can stay healthy.

Now, this all supposes that Romo wants to leave Dallas in the first place. And, we know that Jerry Jones has over the top loyalty to him and would probably be willing to keep him at that price to be the backup. His future in big D will likely only consist of a headset and/or clip board.

And before you take the opinion “you can’t pay 25 million for a backup!” Remember, that Dak Prescott is making less than a million as a fourth round pick. And, under the CBA rookie salary rules, Dallas can’t give him any more until his four year deal is up. So the 2017 price tag for both QB’s isn’t that ridiculous and you could keep both like you had this year.

So will Romo stay in Big D, and be content to let Dak, barring injury or a long stretch of awful play, be the guy? Would Romo re-structure to play immediately somewhere else in 2017? Will he retire at age 37 and walk away from almost 25 million more? (almost no chance)

Then, for the Jags:  should they pursue a trade with Dallas at much lesser salary cap price? Not the craziest scenario for sure. And we also know that new Jaguars VP, Tom Coughlin, got to see plenty of Tony Romo twice a year, every year, while coaching the Giants. Is he that impressed to consider a deal? What does Coughlin want to do at QB in free agency or the draft? Actions (or inaction) will tell us more.

For now, we are left to wonder. Romo in Black and Teal in North Florida on Sundays? Hey, we saw Favre in Viking purple, Emmitt Smith in Cardinals red and even, Peyton Manning in Broncos orange at the end of their careers, as just a few recent examples.

It’s no less crazy to think Tony Romo a Jag…..if they actually would want him.

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Why is Jalen Ramsey Twitter feuding with NFL Network analyst?

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There is no mistaking that Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey is talented, and in 2017 he was named as an All-Pro by his peers and most recenlty in the player polled “Top 100.” So, that’s a validation that doesn’t need a whole lot else.

Yet, an NFL Network analyst and a former NFL defensive back himself, is questioning part of his game.

And, Jalen Ramsey got annoyed. Like, really annoyed.

It all began when, Bucky Brooks, who hosts a successful podcast and appears regularly on the NFL Network questioned another player, DB Casey Hayward of the Chargers, and whether he was a “transcendent talent” in coverage.

The exchanges with Hayward on Twitter Thursday went on for a bit and then, Ramsey jumped in here:

 

And, when Brooks tweeted about Ramsey and why he was drafted two years ago in the top five by Jacksonville, things cranked up on social media:

Next, Ramsey questioned whether Brooks believes Ramsey is only a product of the Jaguars “defensive system” and not of his ability to shutdown the opposing team’s top wideout, one on one:

Brooks referenced former fellow Noles All American and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders as one of those rare “lock down” corners, and of course, that someone that Ramsey, two years removed from FSU, wants to be compared to with his own game.

Brooks then explained further about his own analysis and teams/GMs/personnel executives thinking:

In the end, Ramsey, who is not bashful about expressing his opinions on or off the field, finally gave some props to Brooks for having an informed opinion:

The bottom line is that analysts get paid to analyze. And the good ones are always soliciting the opinions of others, who are actually coaching and working in the NFL Front office.

And further, if Ramsey keeps “locking down” the likes of the Texans DeAndre Hopkins, and the Colts T.Y. Hilton, who he sees twice a year, then he will continue to get the respect he wants. And, he’ll get the second contract dollars that come with it, too.

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NFL Network will show Jaguars preseason game at Minnesota nationally

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Coming off a tremendous surprise turnaround season that included a division win and two playoff victories, the Jaguars have everyone in North Florida buzzing for 2018. And the NFL Network is interested enough that it has announced it will be showing their second preseason game, at the Vikings, to the nation on Saturday August 18th.

This information was included in the NFL’s announcement that NFL Network will televise a total of 15 preseason games live, nationally:

The Jaguars will practice against the Vikings in Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday (8/15-16) prior to playing the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota, who won the NFC North and made the NFC Championship Game last year, signed arguably the top free agent on the market last March. That’s when they inked former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to a massive three year fully guaranteed $84 million deal.

Jacksonville will open the preseason the previous week against the NFC South champion Saints at newly renamed TIAA Bank Field in North Florida.

The good news in addition to the practice time with the Vikes, most of the starters on both sides of the ball will see action into the second quarter, if not halftime of the second preseason game.

This will be good work for QB Blake Bortles and his new assortment of targets like WR Donte Moncrief and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who both signed with the Jags in March.

And for the stout Jaguars defense led by DT Calais Campbell, LB Telvin Smith and CB Jalen Ramsey (all of whom made the Pro Bowl last year) will get a good opening half challenge from Cousins, and receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. It will also be curious to see if second year former FSU star running back Dalvin will be fully recovered from his ACL tear. And, we’ll see if the Vikings want to give him some work or rest him completely in August.

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Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus involved in two sexual assault allegations

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The Jaguars traded for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus last year to re-unite him with former head coach Doug Marrone and give him a fresh start on living up to his first round draft pick expectations.

Unfortunately, less than a year later, Dareus is involved in not one, but two sexual assault complaints.

First, it was learned Wednesday afternoon that a woman in Houston, TX, has accused Dareus of having unprotected sex with her in April, while she was unconscious. And she further claims that Dareus gave her a sexually transmitted disease. The unidentified woman filed a civil lawsuit seeking $15,000 in damages.

“News 4” in Jacksonville reporter Chris Parenteau had more on that allegation:

News 4 reported on it’s evening newscast Wednesday that there’s no criminal complaint with Houston Police against Dareus at this time.

The accuser’s attorney did give this statement to the station Wednesday afternoon:

“There are civil and criminal laws in both Florida and Texas that address circumstances where someone knowingly exposes another to sexually transmitted diseases. As of now, we are not aware that any criminal charges have been filed in this matter. Our focus is on protecting our client’s right to recover damages for the severe physical and emotional harm that’s been caused to her.”

The situation is further confused by the accuser in the Houston case admitting to having consensual sex on multiple occasions with Dareus after the alleged incident.

Meanwhile, there is another allegation that came to light on Wednesday, involving Dareus and others, that an alleged sexual assault occurred at a Tampa mansion in January of 2017. In a civil complaint originally filed in December of last year, an unidentified Las Vegas woman says that Dareus and members of his “entourage” sexually assaulted her after a night of partying.

The woman accused Dareus formally in an amendment to her civil suit in Hillsborough County Court in January. Dareus and his lawyers are trying to get the lawsuit dismissed at an August 9th hearing.

Dareus played in 12 total games for the Jaguars after the trade with the Bills. He had one regular season sack, but excelled in the playoffs with sacks in the Pittsburgh win and the narrow loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. He had 10 total tackles in the three post season games.

The 28 year old Dareus, a first round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, is scheduled to make $10.2 million dollars this season in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars only comment to the media on Wednesday evening was that they were aware of the allegations and monitoring the situation.

Dareus’ agent had not returned calls or emails seeking comment from them or Dareus on the civil lawsuits and sexual assault allegations.

Obviously, in addition to the seriousness of the allegations, even in civil court, the NFL will likely be investigating the situation soon under the league’s personal conduct policy.

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