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Jaguars DB Jalen Ramsey helping team/NFL hype London game

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Controversial Pro Bowl Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey always seems to be in the headlines for various reasons. Well for the “Fourth of July” holiday and weekend in the United States, he’s actually doing some positive p.r. for the team and their upcoming annual U.K. home game to be played in November.

Ramsey is in London on behalf of the “NFL U.K.” initiative and will actually be participating in some public events to help hype the AFC South battle with the Houston Texans to be played November 3rd at Wembley Stadium:

Ramsey is an interesting contradiction in that, he’s taking time during his off season vacation, etc. to be part of the promotional tour on behalf of the team in the league. Yet, as he’s done for the last three years, Ramsey largely stayed away from the team and their facility during the off season, including OTA workouts. The only time he was present was for mandatory minicamp in June.

The former top five draft pick is headed into the final year of his rookie deal, but the team has already announced they will pick up his fifth year option for 2020. It is expected that Ramsey will make an excessive of $15 million dollars annually on his next contract.

The only question that remains is: will that be long-term in Jacksonville or will he be somewhere else?

That’s because for all the talent Ramsey has shown, particularly in one-on-one coverage skills, he has been a constant headache off the field. This includes getting suspended for a week during preseason last year for his behavior following a scuffle between teammates Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue during a training camp practice.

Ramsey also angered the Jaguars V.P. of Football Tom Coughlin and the entire organization with his inflammatory comments about opposing quarterbacks in “GQ” last August, as well.

However, as Fowler, a former first-round pick himself who had his own off-field issues, found out by being traded last October, the Jags can, and will, cut ties with players they don’t believe are worth the headaches any longer.

And the Jaguars currently have two other such headaches, as LB Telvin Smith has announced he will not play, for yet to be specified reasons, in 2019. This despite being in the prime of his career and being owed $9 million for this season. And, Ngakoue already skipped the mandatory minicamp and may sit out in training camp, while he looks for a new contract and big salary increase.

So, in a way, Ramsey is doing the smart thing by doing something on behalf of the Jaguars for America’s Independence Day. even over in Europe.

In addition to Ramsey, the Jaguars second-year receiver D.J. Chark and kicker Josh Lambo are also part of the NFL U.K. and jaguars initiative this week for the upcoming game this fall>

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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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