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Jaguars legends Boselli and Taylor Hall of Fame Semi-finalists

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced its 25 semi-finalists for next year’s induction and two of the most prominent Jacksonville Jaguars have their names on the list. One, has been there several times and the other is there for the first time.

The original first-ever Jaguar draft pick, left tackle Tony Boselli, is once again among the semi-finalists for the 2020 class. Boselli has made the semi-finals for the last four years and for the last three years he made the finalist room before not being selected.

Boselli said in an interview last February shortly after learning he did not get in,

“It’s disappointing. It’s been three years in a row, now,” Boselli chuckled. “I thought this was the last time…. All of those guys (the five modern ones selected Saturday) are great players. You can make an argument for every one of them….You sit back and try to be thankful to be part of the process.”

Last year’s class included first ballot members Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez and Champ Bailey.

We have written previously that will Boselli should have gotten the nod over the course of the last couple of years and definitely should still be in now, due to his contemporaries at his position getting in and he’s every bit as qualified as they were.

Another semi-finalist named Wednesday is Fred Taylor. He still remains the premier running back in Jaguars history with over 11,000 yards rushing and 62 TDs in his 11 seasons in North Florida.  It is the first time that Taylor (above) is on the semis list, even though he has been eligible the last few years.

No Jaguar has ever made the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also on the list of 25 semi-finalists, is former Buccaneers and Broncos safety/now 49ers general manager, John Lynch. Lynch has repeatedly been on the semi-final list and has even made it as a finalist on multiple occasions without getting the final necessary votes.

Perhaps, now will be his time as a recent contemporary of his, Brian Dawkins was also put in from the safety position two years ago. The Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is a semifinalist in his first year of eligibility and that may complicate things for Lynch, too.

Lynch’s teammates from the 2002 Super Bowl Buccaneers, Ronde Barber and Simeon Rice, are both also semi-finalists, as well. Barber is the only player in NFL history with at least 40 interceptions and 25 or more sacks. He is regarded as the best corner in Bucs history.

Rice was a menacing pass-rusher first for the Arizona Cardinals and then the Buccaneers tallying 69.5 sacks in six seasons in Tampa Bay. It is the first time that he is a semifinalist.

The Buccaneers have two former players, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks, in the Hall of Fame, as well as former coach Tony Dungy.

Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas is also a semi-finalist for the second straight year. His former Miami teammate, defensive end Jason Taylor, was just inducted in 2017.

The 25 semi-finalists will be pared down to 10 finalists in January, and then, the Hall of Fame voters will debate them on the Saturday before the Super Bowl and the five modern inductees will be announced for next summer in Canton, Ohio.

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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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