Savage won't be joining Jaguars

OWINGS MILLS – Negotiations between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens director of college scouting Phil Savage for a general manager/personnel director position reached a permanent impasse on Saturday, In the midst of a second interview with Savage that stretched from Friday into Saturday afternoon, an apparent disagreement over salary and contract length caused Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver to break off talks.

The Jaguars didn't elaborate on the cause behind Savage, 37, not joining newly-anointed Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio, a former Ravens linebackers coach, with the AFC South franchise.

Only Saturday morning, Weaver told reporters in Jacksonville that Savage was his leading candidate, but stressed that he wanted think things over before he made an offer.

Jacksonville interviewed Ravens director of pro personnel James Harris, Buffalo Bills football operations director Tom Modrak and Jaguars player personnel director Rick Reiprish, and they remain candidates.

However, the Jaguars' search could become expanded in the wake of not being able to reach an agreement with Savage. No time table was announced, but it could take Weaver until beyond the Super Bowl to make his final decision.

Meanwhile, Savage, a native of Mobile, Ala., who had expressed great interest in the Jaguars' opening, and Harris have emerged as potential candidates for the Seattle Seahawks' general manager job. This position was created by head coach Mike Holmgren being stripped of his total authority over player personnel.


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