Jaguars News And Notes
Taylor was a no-show
The Jaguars and the agent for Fred Taylor would like to get a contract extension in place for the four-year pro before the start of training camp.
Taylor, whose contract expires and the end of the 2003 season, was a no-show as the team began its off-season workout this week, but agent Drew Rosenhaus said his client was excused due to a family matter and that he would return by mid-week.
The 6-foot-1 231 pound back is rumored to be seeking a contract worth $5 million plus a season.
Last season as a Jaguar, Taylor remained healthy by rushing for 1,399 yards.
Jaguars looking for a backup running back?
Denver free agent running back Olandis Gary is expected to visit the Jaguars some time in the next week.
Gary, who the Bronco's will not re-sign, could be the answer for Fred Taylor backup if Jaguar free agent running back Stacey Mack elsewhere.
The 5-foot-11 and 220 pound four-year pro out of Georgia lost ground behind rookie Clinton Portis, Mike Anderson and Rueben Droughns.
Last year as a Bronco, Gary rushed for 137 yards on only 37 carries and one touchdown. He also caught 18 passes out of the backfield for 148 yards. In his previous three years as a reserve running back with Denver, for almost 1,500 yards including 1,159 yards in the 1999 season.
Next week, Gary will also visit with the Giants and Bills.
Jaguars have interest in wide receiver/kick returner
Jacksonville is reportedly interested in free agent wide receiver MarTay Jenkins as their second receiver.
The 5-foot-11 and 180 pound wide receiver out of Nebraska already has a contract offer from Houston and has drawn interest from several teams.
The Arizona return specialist is one of the league's best kickoff return men. Jenkins led the NFL last season with a 28.0 average which included a 95-yard touchdown.
Last year as a Cardinal, he caught 21 passes for 250 yards. For the 2001 season, Jenkins hauled in 32 passes for 518 yards and one touchdown.
Jenkins' agent is believed to be seeking a deal worth roughly $3 million a year with a $5 million signing bonus.
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