Update On Darius Situation

Earlier in the month the Jaguars placed the franchise tag on strong-safety Donovan Darius. The Jaguars and his agent haven't been able to workout a deal and according to a league source, Jacksonville is shopping his services around.


Earlier in the month the Jaguars placed the franchise tag on strong-safety Donovan Darius. The Jaguars and his agent haven't been able to workout a deal and according to a league source, Jacksonville is shopping his services around.

Darius an unrestricted free agent was seeking a big contract that exceeds $4 million plus a year. However, when the Jaguars placed the franchise tag on him, Darius must be paid $3.043 million, the average salary of the league's top five safeties. Other teams have the right to negotiate with him. However, if another team agrees to contract terms with him, then they must compensate the Jaguars with two first round draft picks. That scenario is unlikely to happen because of the huge price to pay.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been in contact with Jacksonville about obtaining Darius in a trade. The Jags were asking for either a first or second round pick for him but reports have indicated that the Steelers feel that too much to give up for the five-year pro out of Syracuse.

The Steelers were close to signing Super bowl MVP safety Dexter Carter to a contact but the deal fell through and the former Florida State Seminole inked with the Cardinals instead.

With Jackson gone, it's a possibility that the Steelers might reconsider the Jacksonville offer. They might also wait to see if the Jaguars will lift the free agency tag of him which would make him an unrestricted free agent.

Jacksonville has until March 14 to agree on a long-term contract or they'll forfeit the franchise tag for the length of any new deal with Darius.

The possibility of Jacksonville re-signing the hard-hitting is looking much bleaker. New head coach isn't sure if Darius' salary and his speed will fit into the team's future plans.

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