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Report- Four Jaguars arrested at London nightclub Friday night

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The tumultuous month of October on and off the field for the Jaguars has continued in London. This with a report that four players were arrested early Saturday morning after trying to skip out on their bill at a show club.

The London Daily Sun, which is a noted tabloid and rumor-mongering paper and website, reported Saturday evening U.S. time that four Jaguars had been arrested by London metro police at 4 a.m. Saturday morning.

The players are alleged to have tried to skip out on paying an over $40,000 bar tab at London’s “Reign Showclub.”

A source from the scene told the Sun that the players actually scuffled with security from the club, as they were trying to leave. The Sun goes on to report that the players were in custody for over 9 hours and then, eventually the club dropped charges later Saturday, when the players settled the bill.

The Sun did not name the players who were involved in breaking the story, only describing them as, “four men in their 20s.”

Another less than reputable site when it comes to rumors and credibility named the players as Barry Church, DJ Hayden, Ronnie Harrison and Gerard Wilson. 

There is no confirmation from the Jaguars of any or all of those names. However, later Saturday night, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also reported those names, as the players. Further, Rapoport has a source that told him the players believed that their liquor was being comped to them, and that’s where the initial dispute arose.

Hayden has already been ruled out with an injury to play Sunday against the Eagles.

London is a five hour time difference ahead of Eastern Time and as of 9 p.m. Eastern Saturday night, there had been no comment from the Jaguars about the report, much less if there would be any discipline for the players having been arrested.

A television and radio host for the Jaguars flagship station was able to get a brief statement from the team later on Saturday night, U.S. time:

With the time difference, the team is secured at their hotel for the 2:30 p.m. local time game tomorrow.

The Jaguars arrived Friday morning and practiced Friday afternoon London time before the alleged incident took place.

It’s been a tough time for the playoff darlings of 2017, as they’ve lost three straight games, had players screaming at each other in the locker room post game last Sunday and held a players-only meeting on Monday.

Now this.

This is a developing story that we will stay on top of it, especially as more details become clear about what happened overnight Friday night, Saturday morning.

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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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