Your daily column following the Jaguars hasn't been so daily lately, in large part due to the fact that there has been so much news that deserved it's own article. But were back with a few tidbits here on this chilly Sunday in Duval.
Let's get to it!
On Saturday it was revealed that the Jaguars gave Jarrod Wilson a three year contract extension. The exact numbers of the deal are not yet known, but one thing is. The Jaguars wanted to keep Wilson around so bad that they locked him up, for the foreseeable future, prior to letting him become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The soon to be 26 year old safety was originally signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan in 2016. While he came into the league as a strong safety, Wilson has shown off his ability to make an impact at both safety spots, especially in the last two seasons. Wilson filled in for starter Tashaun Gipson in the playoffs last season at free safety and started the final two games of the regular season in 2018 at strong safety. In limited time over the last two seasons Wilson has played at a starting level. Should the Jaguars elect to roll with Wilson as their starting free safety next season, they could save nearly $7.5 million by releasing Tashaun Gipson, who will turn 29 next season.
As expected, Leonard Fournette will appeal the Jaguars' decision to void the rest of his contract guarantees. After Fournette's one game suspension that was mandated by the league office, the Jaguars decided they'd seen enough immature behavior from Fournette and would attempt to void the rest of the guarantees in his rookie contract. It was a bold move by the team. Perhaps an attempt to get Fournette's attention. But the team and Fournette has been in contact and appear to be on the same page from a football perspective. The hope for the Jaguars brass is that newly signed RB coach Terry Robiskie will be able to get the most out of Fournette from a professionalism stand point.
Mel Kiper Mock Draft
The most famous of all the draft analysts, ESPN's Mel Kiper, released his first mock draft of the season earlier in the week. He has the Jaguars selecting OL Cody Ford out of Oklahoma with the seventh pick. Ford is a versatile lineman that projects to be a future Pro Bowler. But the Jaguars have got to get a QB and playmakers early and often in this draft. If the Jaguars select an offensive lineman, knowing potential superstar Kyler Murray is still on the board, there might be riots throughout the city of Jacksonville on draft night. The Jaguars have committed QB malpractice for far too long and need to get a QB early this year, in order to lay a foundation for long term success.
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