Jaguars Notes and Quotes

In this edition of Jaguars Notes, Maurice Jones-Drew clarifies his stance on all things Gator, Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver gets critical and the team explores it's options to keep their Pro Bowl tight end.

I'm Sorry, Sort of

Despite giving what appeared to be an apology to Jay Cutler in Jacksonville for his tweets criticizing the Chicago quarterback for coming out of the NFC title game, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew seemed to change his tune at the Super Bowl.

"I'm not apologizing. I didn't do anything wrong. I didn't commit a crime. I apologize to the Florida fans. I didn't mean to offend them," he said.

Jones-Drew said last week to a group of reporters at a Jacksonville elementary school, "It was something I wish never happened. I should never have tweeted it. I feel sorry for it. I'm sorry for it. It was never to hurt him."

He also said, "I apologize for it. It was never to hurt anybody."

Cutler came out after the first series of the second half and Jones-Drew criticized him in his tweet, saying he played the whole season on a bad knee although he missed the last two games.

Jones-Drew got a lot of flak for that tweet because he missed the final two games of the season with a knee injury.

Jones-Drew also tweeted, "Hey, I think the Urban Meyer rule is in effect right now ... When the going gets tough ... Quit."

Jones-Drew is apparently apologizing for that tweet, but not to Cutler. Unless he changes his mind again.



Concerns at Linebacker

If there is free agency, don't be surprised if the Jaguars go for a linebacker.

"If we have a linebacker who really comes in here to complement Daryl Smith, we'll be open to those kinds of things," Weaver said.

By only mentioning Smith, he seemed to be opening the door for both Justin Durant and Kirk Morrison to depart.

Owner Wayne Weaver said at a luncheon this week that the Jaguars don't have any players left from their 2008 draft.

Actually, they have one player left - defensive end Derrick Harvey.

But he lost his starting job and could be dumped by the team.

Weaver may have been anticipating Harvey's departure.



Tag, You're It!

The Jaguars are trying to reach a long-term deal with tight end Marcedes Lewis.

If they don't, they can slap the franchise tag on him.

If there is no new CBA and no free agency, Lewis wouldn't be able to test the market in March, but the Jaguars figure to put the tag on him anyway.



The Jaguars cut veteran tackle Jordan Black and signed first-year center Bradley Vierling, who spent all of last year on the practice squad. Black was considered a capable backup, but he had problems when Eben Britton was injured and he was thrust into the starting lineup.

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