Jags Put Claim on Butler
Although the big NFL news that happened Tuesday was the Jaguars release of David Garrard, Jacksonville also tried to strengthen their roster by putting in a claim for former Patriots second-round pick (41st overall) Darius Butler, according to Scout.com.
The Jaguars clearly need to get more talented in their secondary and although Butler struggled in his first two seasons in New England, he would have represented an upgrade. Carolina also claimed and received Butler due to their 2-14 record a season ago.
Lockley Appealing Fine
The $20,000 fine assessed to Jaguars linebacker Michael Lockley for his preseason hit on Taylor Price has been deemed extravagant by many and will be appealed by Lockley and his agent, according to Scout.com NFL Expert Aaron Wilson.
Since Lockley earned a spot on the team's practice squad, the fine is in force. If the appeal is unsuccessful and Lockley spends the entire season on the practice squad, the $20,000 would represent nearly 21 percent of his 2011 salary. The money is due to be deducted at the rate of $2,500 per week (his salary before taxes is $5,700 per week).
Gene Smith Takes Responsibility on Garrard's Release
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith is doing his part in taking responsibility for the Jaguars somewhat botched release of quarterback David Garrard just five days prior to the season opener.
He explains the situation in this story by Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
The timing of the move is the only thing that seemed peculiar but Jacksonville will be a better team now and in the future for making this move.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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