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Report: Davante Adams drawing interest from at least 4 teams

Davante Adams

The Green Bay Packers want to keep Davante Adams, and they may have to in order to convince Aaron Rodgers to return next season. If they are not able to make that happen, several teams are waiting patiently to pursue the star wide receiver.

Adams is set to become a free agent, but the Packers are working to clear the necessary salary cap space to re-sign him. They also have the option of using the franchise tag. According to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network, four AFC teams have interest in signing Adams if he leaves Green Bay.

The Denver Broncos are one. Their dream offseason scenario would be to trade for Rodgers and then sign Adams. The Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Chargers would also have interest in Adams if he tests free agency.

The Raiders are badly in need of a top wideout. They expected Henry Ruggs to fill that role, but the former first-round pick was cut last year after he killed another drive while allegedly intoxicated. Jacksonville is also in need of a No. 1 receiver and roughly $70 million under the salary cap. The Chargers have Keenan Allen, but they may lose Mike Williams in free agency. Adams might be intrigued by the idea of playing with Justin Herbert.

Adams’ future is clearly tied to that of Rodgers. He may not be happy with the way things are headed with his contract situation, but he doesn’t have a whole lot of leverage.

Photo: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) participates in training camp at Ray Nitschke Field, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Trevor Lawrence gets more help from Jaguars with latest assistant hire

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars are clearly prioritizing Trevor Lawrence’s development with their coaching hires, even beyond head coach Doug Pederson.

The Jaguars are hiring another former quarterback in ex-Chargers coach Mike McCoy to serve as the team’s quarterbacks coach, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

McCoy went 27-37 in four seasons as head coach of the Chargers. Prior to that, he was a standout quarterback for Utah and also played in the CFL. That essentially means two former quarterbacks will be guiding Lawrence’s development, as Pederson has an NFL career at the position. That is an arrangement Lawrence is likely to be a fan of.

Lawrence is heading for his second season in the NFL, and he’s coming off a campaign with 12 touchdowns and a league-worst 17 interceptions. That helps explain why he was so invested in the coaching search, and why he’s probably quite happy about the outcomes of it.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars owner denies Byron Leftwich rumor

Byron Leftwich

The Jacksonville Jaguars were said to be on the verge of naming Byron Leftwich their next head coach less than two weeks ago. They have since hired Doug Pederson, and owner Shad Khan says that has nothing to do with Leftwich making demands the team chose not to meet.

There were reports last month that Leftwich wanted the Jaguars job but did not want to work under general manager Trent Baalke. It looked like Leftwich might convince Jacksonville to fire Baalke, but that obviously did not happen. Khan was asked about those reports during Pederson’s introductory press conference on Saturday. He said they were untrue.

Khan did, however, acknowledge that the Jaguars are changing the structure of their front office. They are planning to add an executive vice president. It would not be a surprise if that results in Baalke having less power.

Baalke is extremely unpopular in Jacksonville. Thousands of Jaguars fans dressed in clown costumes for the final game in the regular season to show the team how unhappy they are with the job the GM has done.

It’s unclear how close the Jaguars were to hiring Leftwich, but they obviously still believe Baalke can help the organization turn things around.

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars owner makes strong claim about GM Trent Baalke

Trent Baalke at a press conference

The Jacksonville Jaguars landed Doug Pederson as the team’s new head coach, but only after a number of reports suggesting that GM Trent Baalke was a mitigating factor in trying to attract other candidates.

Even before the Jaguars embarked on their coaching search, there were reports indicating that some candidates were hesitant to work under Baalke. On Saturday, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Baalke had not come up as a negative factor in interviews with candidates.

Khan may well be telling the truth here. On the other hand, he’s only speaking about candidates the Jaguars interviewed. There were some indications that some would-be candidates turned down the chance to even speak to Jacksonville about the job. That may or may not have had to do with Baalke.

There were reports that even Pederson himself had some reservations about the Jaguars’ setup. He may have taken the job anyway, but it certainly doesn’t look like Baalke was a non-factor in the search.

Photo: Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke during Friday afternoon’s press conference at TIAA Bank Field. After his arrival in Jacksonville, Florida Friday morning, April 30, 2021, Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick Trevor Lawrence along with team owner Shad Khan, head coach Urban Meyer and the Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke held a press conference in the afternoon inside TIAA Bank Field. They were also joined by the Jaguars 25th pick in the first round of the draft and former Clemson teammate of Lawrence, running back Travis Etienne. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

Trevor Lawrence shares first reaction to Jaguars hiring Doug Pederson

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made their head coach hire, and it’s actually a respectable one.

The Jags on Thursday hired Doug Pederson as their new head coach. Pederson coached the Eagles for five seasons, winning a Super Bowl in the 2017 season.

Trevor Lawrence, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2021, is excited to get to work with his new coach. He shared his reaction to the Pederson hire over Twitter.

How far the Jags go, and how much they win, all hinges upon how well Lawrence develops.

Pederson succeeded with Carson Wentz as his quarterback in Philly. With some better offensive personnel in Jacksonville, the Jags should be in a good position to greatly improve from their 3-14 season.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars hire Super Bowl-winning head coach

Doug Pederson at a press conference

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new head coach, and it’s one with a successful resume.

The Jags are hiring Doug Pederson as their new coach, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported on Thursday.

Schefter says Pederson has already spoken with Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Pederson, a former NFL quarterback, was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016-2020. He led them to a Super Bowl win over the Patriots in the 2017 season. He went 42-37-1 in the regular season and 4-2 in the postseason.

The Jags seem like a perfect landing spot for him. He gets Lawrence in Year 2 rather than during all the struggles of Year 1 that Urban Meyer endured. He gets to step in to coach a franchise that has been bad for a long time and only has upwards to go. With the exception of Meyer, the Jags also tend to be fairly patient with their head coaches. This seems like a good fit for both sides.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Leading candidate reportedly withdraws from Jaguars coach search

Shad Khan smiling

The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to struggle to fill their head coach vacancy, with a leading candidate reportedly set to withdraw from consideration.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will reportedly withdraw from consideration for the position, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Leftwich, a former Jaguars quarterback, had reportedly been a top candidate for the job.

Former Eagles coach Doug Pederson and former Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia remain in contention for the job.

While we don’t know exactly why Leftwich might be pulling out of contention, speculation centers around the role of Jaguars GM Trent Baalke. Leftwich reportedly made clear in his interview that he could not work with Baalke. According to John Reid of the Florida Times-Union, some around the league believe that was a mistake on Leftwich’s part.

What is clear is that Baalke has been a major drag on Jacksonville’s coaching search. Leftwich was not the only candidate with concerns about working for him, and he is clearly viewed with suspicion in coaching circles. The fact that the Jaguars are apparently willing to lose out on Leftwich to keep Baalke is surprising, and will do nothing to improve Baalke’s deep unpopularity among the team’s fans.

Photo: Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan (Shahid Khan) watches from the sidelines during an NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Doug Pederson has reservations about 1 potential coaching job

Doug Pederson

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson is set for a second interview with one interested NFL team. However, there may be some doubts about whether he is as interested as the team is.

Multiple reports Monday indicated that the Jacksonville Jaguars will interview Pederson for a second time as they search for a new head coach. However, Pederson apparently has some reservations about the organizational setup in Jacksonville, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB.

This may well allude to Jaguars GM Trent Baalke, who has reportedly been a hindrance in the team’s coaching search. There is apparently a perception of Baalke as difficult to work for and prone to power struggles, which is not a situation any coach wants to find themselves in.

There is obvious uncertainty surrounding Jacksonville’s setup right now. Some reports had indicated that the Jaguars’ preferred coaching candidate is also insisting that Baalke be replaced. That move has not been made officially, but the fact that so many potential coaches see the GM as a problem does not bode well for his chances of survival.

Rich Bisaccia receiving head coaching interest from at least 1 team

Rich Bisaccia on the sidelines

Rich Bisaccia was unable to turn his interim head coaching job with the Las Vegas Raiders into a full-time gig, but he is receiving interest from at least one other team that is in search of a new head coach.

Bisaccia was scheduled to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their head coaching position on Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Jacksonville’s coaching search has seemingly been focused on Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. The two sides were said to be close to a deal last week, but those talks have stalled. The Jags are now trying to interview Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, but they may have messed up by not putting that request in soon enough.

Is Bisaccia a legitimate candidate in Jacksonville? Mark Long of The Associated Press seems to think so. He noted that Trevor Lawrence is in favor of the Jaguars hiring Bisaccia.

The Jaguars are in need of a culture change after their failed Urban Meyer experiment. Bisaccia proved in Las Vegas that he can clean up messes. The 61-year-old became head coach after Jon Gruden was forced to resign over a leaked email scandal. Former wide receiver Henry Ruggs was then involved in a drunk driving accident that killed a woman. The Raiders won just one of their next six games after that before turning things around to reach the postseason.

Even some Raiders players believed Bisaccia was better for the team than Gruden. Raiders stars paid tribute to Bisaccia on social media after the team hired Josh McDaniels over the weekend.

Bisaccia certainly boosted his resume with the job he did in Las Vegas. The Jaguars could do a lot worse.

Photo: Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia reacts against the Washington Football Team in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars unable to interview top head coach candidate

Shad Khan smiling

Kevin O’Connell has recently emerged as one of the favorites for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coaching job, but the team apparently should have shown interest in him sooner if they wanted a timely interview.

O’Connell, who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, has interviewed with multiple teams. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jaguars cannot speak with him at this time because they did not put in an interview request soon enough.

That could come back to haunt the Jags, especially if they believe O’Connell is their guy. O’Connell has an interview lined up with the Minnesota Vikings as the Rams prepare to face the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl.

O’Connell’s interview with the Vikings will be his second. They appear to have legitimate interest in hiring the 36-year-old. O’Connell can still wait until the Jaguars are able to interview him before he makes any decisions, but getting a jump on the process can be extremely important.

Jaguars fans have sent a pretty clear message about the head coach they want.

Photo: Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan (Shahid Khan) watches from the sidelines during an NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports