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Jaguars owner Khan says he’s met with Jalen Ramsey

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Sep 17, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan watches his team during the second half of a football game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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The saga of disgruntled Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey and his desire to be traded continues to take twists and turns. And, the latest is the owner of the team says he’s met with the star, problem DB and they worked things out, at least temporarily.

In an exclusive interview with the website “The Street” which focuses more on business, reporter Katherine Ross scored a one-on-one chat on the floor of a stock exchange with Khan on several subjects including Ramsey’s unhappiness.

The website made the interview available late Thursday morning:

“He’s going to be playing this week,” Khan said. “You’ve got a balance what’s good for the team and what the individual wishes what maybe, might be. And, I think we’ll kind of be able to formulate it here. I met him (Ramsey) a couple of days ago and had a heart-to-heart. And, I think we’ll be able to come to whatever makes sense for all.”

We wrote previously that Khan was not inclined to trade Ramsey, in particular because he’s a very valuable cover corner and they may not be getting the type of compensation offers in return for him.

And then, there’s the whole ongoing speculative debate about how much Ramsey is truly hurt with a supposed back injury, as opposed to him not wanting to play and the team not wanting him to risk injury, while they try to resolve things. The team originally said two weeks ago that Ramsey was being excused for the birth of his second child, gave no timetable for his return and then, he was back with the team three days later.

Ramsey did go to Houston last weekend instead of being with the team in Charlotte for their defeat at the hands of the Panthers. There, he was photographed on social media with Texans QB Deshaun Watson Sunday, and reportedly saw a back specialist on Monday about whatever that problem is.

Still, it was curious that Ramsey did travel with the team two weekends earlier to Denver with the supposed bad back and yet, was inactive for that game.

Ramsey was back on the practice field Wednesday in a limited capacity and is expected to play against the Saints this weekend. The NFL trade deadline is approaching at the end of the month and Ramsey has made it no secret he would like to be dealt out of Jacksonville, in particular as he is unhappy with VP of Football, Tom Coughlin.

Coughlin, who is known for his hard-line stance against players, especially ones that are causing headaches off the field, is ultimately in charge of whether Ramsey gets a new long-term deal.

Of course Coughlin’s authority is given to him by the owner and Khan is making it clear that he wants Ramsey at least on the team in the short-term.

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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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