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Should the Jaguars target Dez Bryant?

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With the Dallas Cowboys cutting WR Dez Bryant late last week, several teams have indeed shown interest. Is Bryant a player that the Jacksonville Jaguars should be interested in? This is going to take different pundits in different directions.

One opinion comes from Alfie Crow from the site Big Cat Country. Crow doesn’t think it’s a good idea for the Jaguars to pick up Dez Bryant:

Bryant, 29, has been a productive receiver in the NFL for a number of years, but the last time he had a “good” season was back in 2014. The past three seasons have been underwhelming for a receiver like Bryant, though he has posted solid touchdown numbers, his receptions and yards just aren’t there.

Part of that is because there was a quarterback change, part of it was because the Cowboys offense changed and some of it was because of injuries. The reality of it is though, the Jaguars don’t need to be interested in signing someone like Bryant in the hopes of him finding his form

Obviously the Jaguars are going to have a different look at WR this season. Allen Robinson who was injured last season has signed with the Bears. Allen Hurns is now with the Cowboys. Obviously Dez Bryant would bring some buzz from a name perspective. The challenge really is his price tag.

The only way brining in Bryant would make sense is if they can get him at a cheap price. The challenge is that there will already be several teams interested in Bryant pushing his market price up. The Jaguars at this point aren’t looking to tie up a lot of dollars for a player who’s production has diminished over the last few years. Also the team signed Donte Moncrief away from the Colts for $9 million and resigned Marqise Lee for four years in March. Dez Bryant would be beyond a luxury.

Also what’s the opinion of a guy who covers the Jags on a daily basis?

It looks as if Bryant and the Jaguars is something that isn’t going to happen. I’ll take O’Halloran’s sources over any other speculation or fans wishes. Sure it’s a flashy move, but judging from how the Jaguars have conducted business this offseason, flashiness isn’t in the cards. When it comes to finding a larger WR target for Jacksonville, expect them to look towards the draft.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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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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