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Jaguars Ink Chiefs Free Agent Wide Out Chris Conley, Bengals OL Ogbuehi

The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked up a new wide out, inking Chiefs free agent Chris Conley.

The Jags also on Saturday announced the signing of former Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi.

Conley started 34 games over the last four years with the Chiefs, last season catching 32 passes for 334 yards and five scores.

The best season for Conley came in 2016 when he caught 44 passes for 530 yards. He tore his Achilles tendon in 2017 and his season ended after just five games.

Ogbuehi was a former first-round pick of the Bengals, and spent most of 2018 as a healthy scratch for Cincinnati.

Teams Showing Interest in Dealing for Jaguars Safety Tashaun Gipson

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that various teams around the league have called the Jaguars to inquire about starting safety Tashaun Gipson.

The belief is he’s available because he is due more than $8M and the Jagaurs are in a cap crunch.

Gipson has played at a high level and is only 28 years old, and checking the best sportsbooks the Jags are much better with him, but his cost is something the team really has concerns over as free agency start.

The safety will have two years remaining on his contract as he enters 2019, with base salaries of $7.2 million in 2019 and $7 million in 2020.

Rapoport points out Gipson is due more than $8 million in 2019, a number that the team really can’t afford considering they have plenty of positions to fill this offseason.

Right now as it stands the Jaguars don’t have much wiggle room with spending money and are projected to have $2.6 million in available cap space, according to Over the Cap, so a potential trade to free up space makes sense.

There’s going to be plenty of interest for a young safety that can still go out and get it, and you can expect teams like the 49’ers, Chargers, Seahawks and Cowboys to be in the mix for Gipson’s services.

It remains to be seen what the Jaguars could get in return for the safety, but as it stands it’s likely most teams are not going to give up much considering the amount of money teams would have to swallow to take on for his services.

With the new league year starting on Wednesday, plenty of chatter and things can happen between now and then, and you can expect Gipson’s name to be mentioned a number of times.

Jaguars Expected to Land Eagles Free Agent QB Nick Foles

The only Eagles quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl is bound for Jacksonville when NFL free agency opens March 13, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

A market for Nick Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed, and though nothing is certain until it is official, the Jaguars absolutely expect to sign Foles, sources said. They have been working on the structure of a contract, as the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported.

As McLane also reported, it might not place Foles among the league’s highest-paid QBs, since the Jags appear to be the only bidder. (Officially, the “legal tampering” period during which such activity is sanctioned begins March 11. But the Eagles’ announcement that they don’t plan to use the franchise tag on Foles would seem to make any possible tampering concerns moot.)

Jacksonville has been widely speculated as the most likely landing spot, but it was still possible to make cases for other hypothetical suitors, such as the New York Giants.

When Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur spoke with reporters at the NFL scouting combine, Shurmur was much more emphatic than Gettleman about continuing 38-year-old Eli Manning’s tenure as the team’s starter.

But it seemed Gettleman was talking about possibly bringing in veteran competition for Manning while the Giants develop the quarterback they are expected to draft sixth overall next month. That would not be a situation for Foles.

Jaguars Give Extension to Kicker Josh Lambo

Josh Lambo, who brought stability to the Jaguars’ kicker position the past season and a half, on Tuesday signed a contract extension to remain with the team. The team announced the extension.

Lambo, 28, has converted 38 of 41 field goals and 41 of 44 extra points in 23 games with the Jaguars. He converted 19 of 21 field goals last season, missing the final three games of the season with a groin injury.

Lambo set a Jaguars record with 24 consecutive field goals from November 19, 2017 to November 11, 2018. He converted four of five from 50 yards or more last season, including a career-long 57-yard field goal in an October 28 loss to Philadelphia at Wembley Stadium. He was two of two from 50 yards or more in 2017.

Lambo, a four-year NFL veteran, originally signed with the San Diego Chargers as a collegiate free agent shortly after the 2015 NFL Draft. He converted 52 of 64 field goals in two seasons with the Chargers, also converting 70 of 78 extra points. For his career, Lambo has made 90 of 105 field goals (85.7 pct.), including 10 of 15 (66.7 pct.) from at least 50 yards.

Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Announces Coughlin, Caldwell, Marrone Will Return in 2019

The Jaguars will have a very similar look in 2019, as despite a season ending loss to the Texans in Houston, the team announced today that executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone will all return in their respective capacities in 2019.

Team owner Shad Khan released a statement explaining his motives for keeping the threesome in place next year.

“I informed Tom Coughlin this week that I want him to see through our shared goal of bringing a Super Bowl title to Jacksonville. Given our overall body of work over the past two seasons, I offered to Tom that I preferred entering the 2019 season with as much stability as reasonable or possible at the top of our football operation,” Khan’s statement began.

“However, those decisions, at all times, are Tom’s decisions, and I would respect any call he made on our general manager and head coach. I am pleased that Tom sees our situation and opportunity similarly, so we will return to work this week fully confident and optimistic with Dave Caldwell as our general manger and Doug Marrone as our head coach.

“I have the same trust in Tom, Dave and Doug as I did upon their introduction two years ago, and I do believe our best path forward for the moment is the one less disruptive and dramatic. Stability should not be confused with satisfaction, however.

“I am far from content with the status quo and while it’s best to put 2018 behind us, I will not overlook how poorly we accounted for ourselves following a 3-1 start. There were far too many long Sundays over the last three quarters of the season, with today’s loss in Houston being the final example, and that cannot repeat itself in 2019. That’s my message to our football people and players, but also our sponsors and fans, both of whom were remarkable.”

The Jaguars, one season after making the AFC Title game despite losing to the New England Patriots, ended the 2018 season 5-11.

Jaguars Waive Safety Barry Church, Activate Left Tackle Josh Wells

The Jags have gotten rid of safety Barry Church

The Jaguars have waived strong safety Barry Church and used his roster spot to activate left tackle Josh Wells from injured reserve according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

To say Church has had a rapid fall would be an understatement. Signed to a four-year, $21.6 million contract with $12 million in guaranteed money in March 2017, the 30-year-old safety had a stellar 2017 season but his 2018 wwnr down the tubes along with the rest of the team.

Church’s 2018 campaign with Jacksonville consisted of bottling Gronk in Week 2, getting arrested in London along with three of his teammates after allegedly skipping on a $40,000 bar tab, and eventually getting benched in Week 12 for rookie safety Ronnie Harrison. He was in on 96% of the Jags defensive snaps prior to his benching.

Given his 2017 season and his seven stellar years with the Dallas Cowboys prior to arriving in Jacksonville, it likely won’t take long for a team in need of safety depth to scoop up the veteran.

Wells went down with a groin injury in Week 5.

The Jaguars offensive line has suffered multiple injuries and poor play all along the line in 2018 so the return of Wells is a welcome sight.

His arrival will likely send former Giants draft bust Ereck Flowers back to the bench.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette Suspended One Game For Role in Sunday Skirmish

The league announced Monday that Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was suspended one game for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

Fournette will miss Jacksonville’s Week 13 test against the Colts as a result of his role in a skirmish during the Jags’ loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Jaguars Guard Andrew Norwell Done for the Season with an Ankle Injury

The Jaguars after Sunday’s loss to the Bills have announced that the season is over for guard Andrew Norwell, as an ankle injury is going to end his season.

Norwell injured his ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Bills and had to be carted to the locker room in order to undergo a medical evaluation. A report on Monday morning indicated that he’d miss a few weeks as a result of the injury, but, as mentioned in response to that report, the time left of the schedule is working against him.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announced on Monday that Norwell will be placed on injured reserve.

Even if he were ready to play in Week 15 or 16, there wouldn’t be much point in bringing Norwell back for games that will only matter to the team’s spot in the draft. Norwell signed a five-year deal as a free agent this offseason, so he’ll be back with the Jags in 2019.

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