Jaguars GM Says Team Not Close to Signing DE Greg Hardy

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Defensive end Greg Hardy visited and worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday and Thursday, NFL Media Insider Rand Getlin reported, according to a source familiar with the visit. Despite the workouts, no signing is imminent, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

On Monday, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell address Hardy’s visit, saying it was merely about researching the player, not an indication that the team lacks confidence in its young pass rushers. Caldwell added the workout also does not indicate the team will be signing Hardy any time soon.

Hardy was suspended 10 games during 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the league, however, the suspension later was reduced to four games on appeal.

After returning to the field, Hardy embarked on 12 tumultuous games with the Cowboys last season. Dallas showed little interest in bringing him back despite his six sacks with the team. He has been a free agent since March, attracting little interest.

Hardy’s 2015 suspension came following a two-month investigation by the league into Hardy’s 2014 domestic violence incident involving ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. Hardy was arrested on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats in May of 2014. Hardy’s legal case in North Carolina state court was dismissed last February after the accuser in the case couldn’t be found.

“The NFL’s investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances,” the NFL said in April of 2015.

Hardy spent nearly all of the 2014 season in Carolina on the Commissioner’s Exempt List until pending criminal charges against Hardy were adjudicated.

Video: Jaguars Work Out Former Troubled Cowboys DE Greg Hardy

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Brent Stover and Brendan Haywood discuss the Jaguars working out Greg Hardy, but not having a plan to sign him.

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson and Female Passenger Found Asleep in a Sinking Car

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Authorities assisted Denard Robinson and a female passenger early Sunday after the Jaguars running back drove a Chevrolet Impala into a retention pond on Jacksonville’s Southside, Joe Daraskevich of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Robinson, 25, was asleep at the wheel when an officer responded but authorities determined he was not impaired and should not face a DUI charge, according to the report.

The responding officer arrived at the pond near Beach and Southside boulevards about 4:20 a.m. after the crash was reported and noticed both people inside appeared to be asleep, according to the report.

The driver’s side of the car was submerged in the pond, so the officer approached the passenger side and knocked on the window to wake the two up, according to the report.

The report said Robinson then “opened his eyes and then went back to sleep.”

The officer continued to knock on the window until the passenger, 29-year-old Marissa O. Staples of Cincinnati, said “what’s up,” according to the report.

The officer explained the car was in a pond and they needed to get out.

Staples attempted to roll the window back up but the officer was able to reach in and unlock the door, according to the report.

Staples had to be pulled from the car because she refused to exit, according to the report, and Robinson was asleep the whole time.

After removing the passenger, the officer was able to wake up Robinson, turn off the car and remove his seat belt, according to the report.

Robinson thought he was still on the road and didn’t want to exit the vehicle, according to the report. He tried to open the driver’s side door about three times after the officer repeated that the car was sinking in the pond, according to the report.

The door was submerged and Robinson eventually got out of the vehicle through the passenger’s side, according to the report.

Neither person was injured and they refused assistance from rescue workers, according to the report.

Investigators determined Robinson was westbound on Beach when he tried to turn onto Southside and drove over a sidewalk and into the pond.

A second officer screened Robinson at the scene for possible impairment but determined he was not, according to the report. The report did not indicate how he came to that conclusion or what tests if any were done. No citations were issued.

“The team is aware that running back Denard Robinson was involved in a single-car accident over the weekend and is thankful that nobody was injured,” the Jaguars said in a statement Tuesday.

It was unclear where Robinson was heading or came from, but he said he realizes he shouldn’t have been driving tired at that hour.

“I just wanted to let everyone know that I was involved in a single-car accident on Saturday night, and thankfully, everyone was safe and remained unharmed,” Robinson said Tuesday on Twitter.

“I thank God every single day for the opportunities he has presented me with and I’m grateful every morning to wake up healthy.

“I should not have been driving that late or when I was that tired, but again, I’m just glad that everyone was safe. God Bless,” the statement said.

NFL Announces Three Jaguars Games to Be Shown in Full on YouTube

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As voted on by NFL fans on Facebook, 96 of the most memorable games in NFL history will be uploaded to the NFL’s official YouTube channel this August.

From an initial list of 160 classic games compiled by NFL Media/NFL Films in collaboration with NFL Clubs, fans made the final decision on the three most memorable games per franchise. The full network broadcasts of all 96 games will be uploaded this August in conjunction with the start of the NFL preseason.

Voting began June 20th and ended on Tuesday. Here’s the three Jags games:

1996 AFC Division Playoff — Jaguars vs. Bills (54%)

Upset win in Buffalo, 30-27, at Mile High.

2007 AFC wild card — Jaguars vs. Steelers (29%)

David Garrard leads upset win on road.

2006 Week #14 — Jaguars vs. Colts (8%)

Team rushes for 375 yards vs Colts, beating future Super Bowl champs, 44-17.

Jaguars Close to a New Deal with TE Marcedes Lewis

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ESPN reports that the Jags are close to a new deal for tight end Marcedes Lewis.

The former first-round pick, Lewis was the Jaguars’ top tight end for several years, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2010 when he caught a career-high 58 passes and 10 touchdowns.

Last season with the team signing Julius Thomas, Lewis really started to become more of a blocking tight end. Last season he caught just 16 passes. He earned two million last season and another $400K in per-game roster bonuses.

Jaguars Clean House; Release LG Zane Beadles and DE Chris Clemons

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The Jaguars, just after they released left guard Zane Beadles, also announced they have released defensive end Chris Clemons, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Clemons, who had two years left on his contract, was scheduled to count $4 million against the cap.

Clemons played for coach Gus Bradley and assistant coach Todd Wash in Seattle and won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013. He was released after the year and signed with the Jaguars. He had 11 sacks in 32 games for the Jaguars.

Although the Jaguars would disagree, Clemons, 34, was an off-season distraction in 2014 and 2015 because he was the only player to not regularly attend the voluntary off-season workouts. His roster spot was tenuous when the Jaguars drafted Dante Fowler third overall last year, but when Fowler sustained a season-ending knee injury, Clemons survived and then began the season as a starter because of Andre Branch’s MCL injury.

Clemons played 662 of 1,099 snaps last year and had three sacks, seven missed tackles and five penalties.

NFL Looking Into the Dante Fowler Altercation After TMZ Video

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The NFL and the Jaguars reacted to a video released by TMZ on Tuesday that shows Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler watching two women fight, Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union reports.

The 29-second clip does not have audio. At no point in the video does Fowler assert himself physically into the confrontation. TMZ identifies the women only as the mother of his child and another woman “believed to be his girlfriend.”

The NFL released the following statement: “These are disturbing images and we will review the matter.”

The incident reportedly occurred on Feb. 1 at a Florida apartment building and takes place in a hallway outside of an elevator.

“Dante brought the incident to our attention prior to the video being released and was embarrassed and remorseful. Violence of this type against others is unacceptable in our society and to our organization. We will continue to look into the incident while offering resources and providing support to Dante and his family to help them through this private matter.”

There is no police report of the incident. Fowler did not return a message seeking comment, but did release a statement through the team.

“I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions to everyone involved. As a family, we have been dealing with this moment and the conflict that led to it since this occurred. The video surfacing is a sad reminder that emotions got the best of all of us. I take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happened.”

Henne Expected to Return to the Jaguars with a Two-Year Deal

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The Jaguars are close to re-signing back-up quarterback Chad Henne, This according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.

A team source confirmed the report and said a two-year deal is expected to happen today.

A league source said the deal is worth $8 million plus playing time incentives.

Two years ago, Henne’s two-year contract was also worth $8 million and he made more than $1 million extra because he began 2014 as the starter.

Henne will be 31 when the Jaguars open training camp. He has an 18-35 career record as a starter, including 5-17 with the Jaguars.

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