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Jaguars Dump Former Second-Round Pick WR Marqise Lee

The Jaguars decided they had had enough of former second-round pick wide receiver Marqise Lee, dumping the 2014 draft pick on Monday.

Lee was the second-most tenured player on the Jaguars behind defensive tackle Abry Jones, who signed with the Jaguars as collegiate free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.

Lee, who played 59 games with 30 starts with the Jaguars, missed the entire 2018 season while rehabilitating a serious knee injury sustained in the preseason that year. He caught 174 passes for 2,184 yards and eight touchdowns in five seasons.

Lee played six games this past season, starting one, while catching three passes for 18 yards. He missed the last 10 games after being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Jaguars Decline Options on LB Jake Ryan and DT Marcell Dareus

The Jaguars have declined the 2020 option on linebacker Jake Ryan and are expected to decline the option on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Both moves are absolutely necessary for a Jags team with the worst salary cap situation in the NFL. The Ryan decision is an easy one as he has played only two regular season games since undergoing surgery for a torn ACL in 2018.

The free agent signing in March 2019 was inexplicable to begin with, as Ryan had missed the entire 2018 season while rehabbing but was nonetheless given a two-year, $8 million contract which included a $500,000 signing bonus. The move saves the Jags $6 million in cap space.

The option on the 29-year-old Dareus would have guaranteed him almost $20 million in 2020 and was probably never going to be picked up even if the defensive tackle had had a stellar season in 2019.

Instead, injuries limited him to only six games and 0.5 sacks. The No.3-overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Buffalo Bills out of the University of Alabama, Dareus will find garner a lot of interest on the free agent market but likely will not be offered any deals that would pay him $20 million a year.

The Jags are likely not done pruning their roster, as they can release cornerback A.J. Bouye and save another $11 million against the cap. Unfortunately for the fans in Jacksonville, the same “braintrust” that earned the team a deep descent into salary cap hell with virtually no success to show for it is still in charge of decision-making for at least the 2020 season.

Jaguars Hire Ex-Giants Coach Ben McAdoo as Team’s QB Coach

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, fired after going 13-15 over two seasons with Big Blue — will join the Jaguars as a quarterbacks coach the New York Post reports.

McAdoo, 42, was hard-pressed to find work for the past two seasons but found some traction after this past season, having interviewed for a spot on the Browns’ and Panthers’ staffs and being in the running for the Jags’ offensive coordinator gig. The job went to ex-Redskins head coach Jay Gruden instead.

A history coaching Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning should give McAdoo some credibility as he works with upstart Gardner Minshew, the rookie QB who garnered plenty of attention with his heroics after stepping in for Nick Foles last season.

Jaguars Owner Khan Wants Both Campbell and Ngakoue Back in 2020

Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan discussed the futures of defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports.

“Both of those players – Yannick and Calais – I had chats with them after the season,” Khan said during a conversation with jaguars.com’s Ashlyn Sullivan. “I would love for them to be back and I’m very hopeful they’ll be back.”

Campbell and Ngakoue are both key offseason Jaguars storylines. Because they are at different stages of their careers, different dynamics surround the players.

Campbell, who has made the Pro Bowl in all three seasons since signing with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in the 2017 offseason, has a year remaining on his contract. He is entering his 13th NFL season, with a $17.5 million salary-cap figure for 2020.

The Jaguars can either pay Campbell his $15 million base salary in 2020, try to renegotiate an extension with a lower-cap figure or release Campbell for cap reasons. He also is the unquestioned team leader, and Khan acknowledged his importance off the field and in the community.

“I think he’s a fabulous guy and I think his contributions … everybody understands, knows, respects,” Khan said of Campbell, who this past Saturday became the first Jaguars player to receive the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year – an award that acknowledged volunteer work, work in the community and on-field performance.

Ngakoue’s situation is as complex. The fourth-year defensive end is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the March 18 start of the NFL League Year. Ngakoue turned down the Jaguars’ offer for a contract extension last offseason and held out through the first part of training camp.

The Jaguars are unlikely to allow Ngakoue to become a free agent. If the sides can’t agree to a long-term contract, the Jaguars have the option of applying the franchise tag – a move that restricts a player’s ability to sign elsewhere. Ngakoue would then have the option of signing the tag and playing in 2020 on what essentially is a one-year contract or not signing the tag and not playing.

“We very much want him to be [back], and I’ve talked to him,” Khan said. “Absolutely it’s our desire that he be back.”

Jaguars to Play Two Home Games in London in 2020

In a move that seems to indicate more and more an eventual move to London, the Jaguars and the NFL announced today that Jacksonville will play a pair of games in London in 2020.

The move means that the Jags become the first team in NFL history to play two home games in a single regular season outside of the United States.

No word on what teams the Jaguars will host in London, though the team indicated it will not be the Pittsburgh Steelers nor the Chicago Bears.

Could WR Marqise Lee Be on the Chopping Block for the Jaguars This Offseason?

Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Jags the site has picked WR Marqise Lee as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Lee getting cut.

Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Marqise Lee

Dead Cap Hit $3.5M, Cap Saving $5.25M

Wide receiver Marqise Lee signed a four-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the 2018 season. Since the ink dried on this pact, he has played just six games, reeling in three receptions for 18 yards.

What the Jaguars offense will look like in 2020 is still up in the air, as Jacksonville hired Jay Gruden to run their offense. Unless Lee were to absolutely tear up the competition this preseason, he is a player the team could easily look to move on from.

Video: Jaguars Look for 6th Win of 2019 in Sunday’s Season Finale vs Colts

The Jags will look to wrap up 2019 at 6-10 as they play host to the Colts on Sunday.

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Video: Jaguars Give Up an Early Lead, Fall to the Falcons in Atlanta 24-12

The Jags gave up an early lead to the Falcons, and just couldn’t rally back, falling to Atlanta on Sunday 24-12.

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