Jaguars Notes and Quotes

In this edition of Jaguars Notes and Quotes, Reggie Hayward talks about his future, Maurice Jones-Drew's radio show is compared to the show that David Garrard had, and the new rookie deals are discussed and broken down.

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Jaguars' decision to cut veteran defensive end Reggie Hayward may have surprised some, but it didn't come as any big shock to Hayward, the 10-year veteran who played the last five seasons with the Jaguars.

Hayward was still recuperating from the season-ending broken leg suffered in the team's 2009 season-opener against Indianapolis. He took limited snaps during the team's OTAs which ended last month and even spoke how he had doubts whether he could make it back with the Jaguars for the 2010 season.

"You're always scared that you may not make it back. That's always the question," Hayward said.

Hayward, 31, was told last week that the Jaguars were letting him go, and appeared to take the news in stride.

"You have to make space for new arrivals," he said. "It wasn't a surprise. You want to be a part of it, but you understand the ins and outs of the business.

Hayward said he would take some time and evaluate his situation as to whether he would try to land with another team or retire.

"I want to relax and take it easy, there's no rush. I'll evaluate what I want to do. A couple of teams have shown interest, but nothing really serious."

--A year ago, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio nixed the idea of quarterback David Garrard doing a radio show on Friday afternoons during the season. After Del Rio spoke to Garrard about the show, the Jaguars quarterback discontinued his appearance on a local Jacksonville radio station.

Garrard said that Del Rio had told him, "I'm just trying to tell you this isn't good late in the week. You can field things early in the week....but late in the week you want to be studying your film. You want to be with your family, you want to be off your feet, relaxing."

But Del Rio doesn't have a problem with Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew doing a nationally-syndicated radio show Friday evenings during the season. Sirius XM announced last week that it was launching a new fantasy sports radio channel with Jones-Drew as a featured guest. The two-hour show will start at 7 p.m. and run throughout the 2010 season. Jones-Drew is a serious fantasy football player and usually puts up good fantasy numbers for himself.

Del Rio said last week that he doesn't view it as a double-standard, instead calling it two different situations.

"Clearly the preparation involved with playing running back is very different than that of a quarterback," Del Rio said in a statement. "Maurice and I spoke about him hosting a national fantasy football show this fall. This is during the season and obviously our preparation is important, but Maurice understands that."

Jones-Drew has not commented on the show since Sirius XM's announcement.

--The depth for the Jaguars at defensive end was secured for the coming season and several years beyond when the team signed their two fifth-round draft choices from this year's draft, Larry Hart and Austen Lane. The two DEs were selected 143rd and 153rd respectively and received similar contracts. Hart will get an estimated signing bonus of $192,800 with minimum NFL salaries for the next four years. He got an escalator clause in the fourth season because he passed on becoming a restricted free agent in 2013.

Lane will receive a bonus of $184,190, slightly less than Hart because he was taken 10 picks later.

Both players will receive rookie salaries of 320,000 for the coming season. The three years after that, they will receive minimum salaries of $405,000, $490,000 and $575,000.

--On the last day of the Jaguars OTAs on June 17, first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu said he was hopeful that he would be reporting to the team's start of training camp on time, but that it was out of his control.

"That's something I just have to leave to my agent and trust him. It's just out of my hands."

The defensive tackle from California hired Ken Zuckerman as his agent.

"It's going to be up to him. That is what I hired him for, so he's going to do his job," said Alualu, the No. 10 overall pick in last spring's draft.

That may not be good news for the Jaguars who haven't had good luck with recent first-round draft picks reporting on time. The previous two seasons the Jaguars had the No. 8 pick in the draft and both players held out. Two years ago, defensive end Derrick Harvey held out for 33 days while last year's top pick, offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, sat out the first 12 days of camp before reporting.

During the past month since OTAs ended, Alualu has used the time to settle into Jacksonville. He's in the process of purchasing the home of former Jaguar lineman Chris Naeole, who like Alualu, is a native of Hawaii.

"He has been a good guy helping the transition for me," Alualu said of Naeole.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I could probably fill a void somewhere, but if I want to pack it in and call it quits, I don't think anybody would blame me because of all the setbacks I've had. I may have some football left. I'm straddling the fence." -- Former Jacksonville defensive end Reggie Hayward on his decision whether to retire or try to hook on with another team after the Jaguars released.


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