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Jaguars Still Not Sold on Picking Up the 5th Year Option on DE Dante Fowler

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell says the team has made “no decision” on picking up the fifth-year option for defensive end Dante Fowler according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

Fowler’s option is worth $14.2 million in 2019, nearly four times the amount of his base salary this upcoming season. The No.3-overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Florida, Fowler’s rookie season was completely wiped out due to injury but he was able to play full 16-game slates in 2016 and 2017 and produced eight sacks last season.

Discipline and maturity have been consistent issues both on and off the field, however, including multiple arrests. The 23-year-old is facing league discipline stemming from an July 2017 arrest involving Fowler allegedly stomping a man’s glasses and throwing his groceries into a lake. He pled no contest to misdemeanor battery in the case and was sentenced to probation and community service.

While his physical talent is undeniable, on a team loaded with defensive talent the Jags are likely asking themselves if keeping Fowler past 2018 is worth the hassle.

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