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Some QB will get paid seriously by Jaguars and it’s not likely Bortles

Jamil King

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Some say money is the root of all evil and in the NFL, most say it’s the roots to retaining your star quarterback.

The Oakland Raiders inked Derek Carr to his massive $125 million dollar extension this week making him the highest payed QB in the league.. Earlier is week we talked about how this affects the Bucs and Jameis Winston with His rookie deal expiration coming more into view.

The Dolphins have Ryan Tannehill locked up for a few years. So, the Jags and Blake Bortles are the only team in Florida left with a quarterback payday dilemma on their hands. Jacksonville did pick up Bortles 5th year option but that’s no guarantee barring an injury. And, we saw last year, some teams will bench the player to avoid that an injury locking in the fifth year.

After having up and down seasons and still working on his mechanics years into the league, Bortles tank is” on E,”and he needs to fill it up and fast. With next year’s draft class as of right now looking salivating on paper is their enough Blake can do to really salvage his job?

With potentially as high as five first round QB’s next year the Jaguars could be in position to get one even with a decent to good year by their veteran quarterback this year.

And now, with the price of the position growing more and more each year and guys like Matt Stafford and Kirk Cousins still not locked up, do the Jags really want to pay an inconsistent quarterback franchise type money?

The answer is probably not. Further, this should make Bortles step up and be the quarterback he knows he can be and put this team in position to fight for the AFC South crown, which could be one of the only ways that option is picked up.

With the new front office led by Tom Coughlin and coaching change, this is no longer the group that brought in Bortles, and they could be itching to bring in their own guy like a Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, or Mason Rudolph from the college ranks.

So, it’s shaping up in Jacksonville for an open audition with a lot of money on the line for Bortles or some other QB that could get paid to lead the Jags, too.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football 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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