Jaguar News and Notes
Darius is tagged
Safety Donovan Darius was given the team's franchise tag Thursday, guaranteed $3.04 million for one year, and the average salary of the top five safeties in the NFL.
Next Friday kicks off free agency period and the 5th-year pro still has the option to negotiate with other teams. If another ball club does sign Darius to a contract, they will have to compensate the Jaguars with two first draft picks which probably will be too steep a price to pay.
Graham won't be back
New Head Coach Jack Del Rio confirmed yesterday that back up quarterback Kent Graham won't be back. The Jaguars will search the free agency mark for a replacement for Graham.
However, most of the unrestricted agents have been offered a new contract.
The list of unrestricted free agents are center Joe Zelenka.
Taylor's Agent negotiating in Indy
At the Indy Combine, Jaguar Senior Vice President Paul Vance and running back Florida. Rosenhaus is seeking a deal worth $5 million a year for his client.
Suggs adds bulk
Terrell Suggs officially weighed in at 262 pounds and claims he's lost no speed. The added bulk was attributed to a pure protein diet which he says he will stay on to add size. Suggs will not work out here and plans to wait for his Pro Day at Arizona State.
The Arizona State Sun Devil standout, who is rated No.2 overall on the TFY draft board, will not be around when the Jaguars select unless the team trades up.
Haynes, Trufant and Johnson
Yesterday at the Indy combine, the Jaguars had shown an interest in defensive back Marcus Trufant from Washington State, defensive end Michael Haynes from Penn State, and wide receiver Andre Johnson from Miami.
The Jaguars most likely No.1 priority this off-season will be to improve the pass-rush.
Haynes, who checks in at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, would most likely be available when the Jags select 8th overall.
Wide receiver Andre Johnson, who checks in 5th overall on the TFY board, might be the Jaguars selections if the strategy is to take the best available athlete. The 6-foot-2 and 210 pound wide receiver out of Miami is blessed with outstanding size and speed. Johnson used his sub 4.45 40-yard dash speed to rack up 33 catches for 592 yards and six touchdowns in only eight games in his senior season at Miami.
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