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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Articles tagged: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars release statement addressing Leonard Fournette’s arrest

Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette was arrested on Thursday for a seemingly avoidable incident, and the Jacksonville Jaguars cannot be happy with their star running back.

According to multiple reports, Fournette was arrested in Neptune Beach, Fla., because of a speeding ticket he never paid. The 24-year-old was reportedly cited for driving 12 mph over the posted speed limit back in November, and he never paid the citation.

The Jaguars said in a statement that they are aware of the arrest and are in the process of gathering more information.

It’s hard to believe anyone would get arrested for choosing not to pay a speeding ticket, but it is particularly surprising for an NFL player who has already made millions during his career. While Fournette had some issues with the Jags’ coaches and front office late in the season that he appeared to have cleared up, the off-field incident is not going to score him any points.

10 NFL teams that have improved the most this offseason

Odell Beckham

The 2019 NFL offseason has been a wild one featuring major shakeups across the board and some blockbuster trades few could have seen coming. As such, the landscape has changed across the league and new teams suddenly find themselves in positions of power.

But which teams have made the greatest strides? Which teams have positioned themselves for a run at the playoffs? And which teams appear poised to take it all the way to the Super Bowl?

Here’s a look at which 10 teams have improved the most this offseason (so far).

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

Despite a miserable year in 2018, the Jaguars feel like they’re a team close to breaking out. However, one of their downfalls has been less-than-stellar production at the quarterback position, which was immediately shored up when they signed former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to take control under center. That alone propels Jacksonville forward, but the little pieces may add up as well. Geoff Swaim gives Foles a big tight end target over the middle and Alex McGough provides a little depth at the quarterback position. There are still some key losses they’ll need to replace, but quarterback was very clearly the big fix Jacksonville needed.

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Nick Foles agrees to four-year deal with Jaguars

Nick Foles

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the offseason searching for a new starting quarterback, and they have landed the one they were linked to from the start.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL media, the Jaguars have agreed to sign former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million deal. The contract has a maximum value of $102 million.

Adam Schefter added that Foles will earn just over $50 million guaranteed.

Foles was Jacksonville’s top target all along, which makes sense considering his success filling in for an injured Carson Wentz over the past two years. The Jags had a disastrous season in 2018 after reaching the AFC Championship the year before, and many believe they are a quality starting QB away from championship contention.

The Jaguars had been waiting for the Foles situation to shake out before parting ways with Blake Bortles, but they are expected to part ways with him now.

If Foles can avoid the types of mistakes Bortles was prone to, the Jaguars should be in much better shape with him under center.

10 NFL teams facing pivotal offseasons

Jon Gruden

The offseason is important for every NFL team. Even those with the biggest issues can rapidly and significantly improve if they hit the right draft picks and nail a few trades or free agent signings. However, it is a simple truth that, for some teams, the stakes of the offseason are higher than they are for others. Expectations are high, jobs are on the line, and the future is bright for some teams, but only if they maneuver through the offseason properly.

As we enter the beginning of NFL free agency, here are ten teams who really need to get the offseason right in order to avoid trouble up ahead.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars aren’t armed with much cap space and they’re also very much in need of a quarterback, which is a rough spot to be in at this point. Jacksonville had high hopes for a 2018 season that ultimately crashed and burned, and now they have to pick up the pieces. It looks increasingly likely that they’ll be heavily involved in the pursuit of the top quarterback on the market, which is a somewhat risky play. If he doesn’t prove to be the solution, they could be facing a few years in the wilderness that they’d really like to avoid.

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Golden Tate seems interested in playing for Jaguars

Golden Tate Lions

NFL players are not shy about recruiting or seeking job opportunities on Twitter, and Golden Tate is just the latest.

On Sunday morning, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey urged his team to look into Tate, currently a free agent. The veteran wide receiver seemed to indicate that any interest would be mutual when he responded approvingly to Ramsey’s tweet later Sunday.

Tate hasn’t really made any secret about which teams he’d be most interested in playing for, and that includes an option much more successful than the Jaguars were last season. Of course, it takes two to make a deal, and it’s not clear yet where Tate’s market will lie. He’ll certainly hope to get some of these teams interested though, perhaps even with his tweets.

Report: Jaguars not releasing Blake Bortles until QB situation sorted out

Blake Bortles

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to move on from Blake Bortles at some point this offseason, but they may keep the quarterback around until they can be certain they have a replacement for him.

After the Jaguars released several veteran players on Friday to clear salary cap space, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that they are in no rush to part ways with Bortles.

All indications have been that Jacksonville will sign Nick Foles when free agency begins, but it makes sense that they want to be sure of it before making any major moves at the quarterback position. While Bortles appeared to have lost the support of his teammates early last season, there aren’t many better options than him on the roster at the moment. That should change in the near future.

Jaguars release two veteran players after failed trade attempts

Carlos Hyde

The Jacksonville Jaguars made multiple moves on Friday to free up salary cap space.

According to numerous reports, the Jags are releasing defensive tackle Malik Jackson and running back Carlos Hyde. They tried to trade both players first but were unsuccessful.

Jackson spent three seasons in Jacksonville and never missed a game. He recorded 18 sacks and four forced fumbles during that span, so the Jaguars will have to find a way to replace the 29-year-old’s production.

Hyde was always seen as a temporary solution for the Jags, as they acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Browns last season while Leonard Fournette was battling injuries. He averaged just 3.3. yards per carry on 58 rushing attempts, and Fournette has smoothed things over with the Jaguars after a tumultuous end to 2018.