One of those women questions for the Jaguars in free agency is what to do about star defensive end Yannick Ngakoue who is slated to test the free-agent Market come March.
Well, a report on Wednesday evening says that the team apparently has decided that one way or another that won’t end up happening
Matt Verderame, National Football League reporter for Fansided.com, reports that the Jaguars are prepared to use the franchise tag, if they need to to keep Ngakoue in the fold:
Per multiple league sources, the #Jaguars are unlikely to let Yannick Ngakoue test free agency.
While a long-term agreement would be ideal and remains in play, the franchise tag is a strong option for the 24-year-old star.https://t.co/xfPAlRajfJ
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) February 5, 2020
As we have written previously, Ngakoue has had the best four season run of any Jaguars pass rusher in team history, as his 37.5 career sacks are the most by a Jaguars player after only 63 career games.
Still, it has not translated into the team rewarding him with the new deal as of yet.
Fellow defensive ends Demarcus Lawrence and Frank Clark both signed five-year, over $100 million deals and received guaranteed money that exceeded $62 million. That is massive for Jacksonville.
Obviously, the Jags could opt to “franchise tag” the talented end at around $19 million dollars and that appears what to be what they are prepared to do, if a long term deal cannot be reached.
Ngakoue did hold out at the beginning of training camp last August, but came in without a new contract and then played the entire season registering 8 sacks and 15 tackles for loss, while waiting to be rewarded.
A further complication is owner Shad Khan firing VP of Football Tom Coughlin but still retaining GM Dave Caldwell. It’s tough to know for sure, whether Caldwell was completely on board with not giving Ngakoue a new deal before now and whether Coughlin was standing in the way of that.
Jacksonville must also decide what to do with veteran Calais Campbell, who just played in his third straight Pro Bowl, and was named last weekend as the league’s “Walter Payton Man of the Year” for his work off the field. Campbell, who will be 34 this season, is slated to make $15 million this season, and the team may look to re-work that deal to help that them sign Ngakoue.
Jaguars exercise 2020 option for WR Conley
Before free agency hits in March, the Jaguars have already begun to put some pieces together for their 2020 roster. And, that includes a big play wide receiver that they intend to keep around for this season.
The team announced on Friday afternoon that they have picked up a contract option on fifth year receiver Chris Conley, who comes off a career year in Jacksonville:
We have exercised the team options for WR Chris Conley (through 2020) and S Jarrod Wilson (through 2021).
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) February 21, 2020
Conley signed a two-year deal with the first year being guaranteed and the second year being a team option. He definitely lived up to the free-agent billing having a career-high season in receptions (47) yards (775) and touchdowns (5) despite Jacksonville struggles.
Conley did develop a chemistry with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, as he took over for the injured Nick Foles early in the year and won four games to get the team to 4-4. Conley also averaged a career-high 16.5 yards per catch in 2019.
He previously played four seasons in Kansas City before coming to the Jaguars via free agency. In picking up the option Jacksonville will pay Conley $2.3 million for this season including a $445,000 roster bonus. That is very cost-effective for the team in terms of the salary cap can other players they are looking to fit in.
The team must decide whether they will put huge money in front of their top pass-rusher the last three years, Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue has 29.5 sacks from 2017-29 with is the most productive three season stretch for any Jacksonville pass rusher in that amount of time. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell have to figure out if they can get Ngakoue to agree to a long term deal or will they perhaps use the 2020 “franchise tag” for him, which would pay him around $18-19 million for the upcoming year.
And, the team also can negotiate a new deal with star running back Leonard Fournette, who is about to enter the final season of his rookie contract and is also going to be seeking a huge extension.
Report- Jaguars to hire former Giants coach McAdoo as QB coach
The Jaguars are trying to fix things offensively and especially, at the quarterback position. And, to that end, they have apparently settled on another hire, involving another former NFL head coach to lead their QB room.
ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reported Tuesday night the Jacksonville is hiring former New York Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, to be their quarterback coach:
Ben McAdoo is being hired as the Jaguars quarterbacks coach, per source. The former Giants coach is back in after two years out of the NFL. McAdoo has worked well with Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning in his previous stints.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 12, 2020
McAdoo had been under consideration by head coach, Doug Marrone, for the offensive coordinator vacancy that occurred when the team dismissed John DeFilippo after just one season.
Eventually, Marrone decided upon another former NFC East coach, Jay Gruden, from the Redskins, as the offensive coordinator hire. Gruden, the younger brother of Jon Gruden, is known as an innovator in the passing game.
However, the Jags, including GM Dave Caldwell, were obviously impressed with Macado’s previous work with the Giants and Eli Manning. McAdoo began as an offensive coordinator in New York in 2014 – 15. He was then given the head coaching job, basically at the uriging of the two-time Super Bowl champion QB Manning to take over in 2016.
The Giants finished 11 – 5 McAdoo’s first year as the head coach and made the playoffs. However, the relationship with Eli Manning quickly soured and the team fell apart going 2 – 10 in its first 12 games with McAdoo actually benching Manning late in the 2017 season. McAdoo was fired the week after that benching and has been out of the NFL the last two seasons.
McAdoo will replace QB coach Scott Milanovich, who took over as head coach of the CFL Edmonton Eskimos for later this summer.
The Jaguars still have to resolve their quarterback situation, as they have high price free agent signing Nick Foles, who did not perform well in his first season in Jacksonville. And then, they have fan favorite rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew, who did play well at times in relief of the injured Foles and when Marrone benched Foles for the final four games of the year.
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