Each year the day before the NFL Draft I usually do a post with the ancillary rumors and things I’m hearing from some sources Black Myles Jack Jerseys
, most of it is unconfirmed and probably nonsense, but it’s still fun to..."Free Agency 2016Jaguars Film RoomNFL DraftJaguars Injury NewsLatest NewsJaguars NFL Draft musings and rumorsNew,64commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareJaguars NFL Draft musings and rumorsMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsEach year the day before the NFL Draft I usually do a post with the ancillary rumors and things I’m hearing from some sources, most of it is unconfirmed and probably nonsense, but it’s still fun to talk about in a purely hypothetical capacity. I didn’t do it last season because there was just so much in the air most of it seemed way too off the wall to be interesting.This season however, with the Jacksonville Jaguars picking seventh overall in the 2019 NFL Draft it makes a little bit more sense. So, here’s a few things I am hearing from various avenues that are not confirmed and pure rumor. I will notate what is my opinion/spin.Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson is the No. 1 TE on the Jaguars board, which is believable and the fact that this was told to me so matter of fact it makes me lean towards Hockenson not being the pick at No. 7. That’s just my personal belief Myles Jack Jerseys 2019
, though.The Jaguars are really hoping that one of the premier defensive players like Quinnen Williams or Josh Allen slide to them.If one of the premier defensive players does not fall to the Jaguars they want to slide down a few spots in the draft because the player quality gap from No. 7 to No. 15 or so isn’t big, if at all.If the Jaguars are stuck at No. 7, it’s probably going to be Alabama OT Jonah Williams. Everyone is pegging Jawaan Taylor because he’s a mauler in the run game, but the Jaguars didn’t pay Nick Foles $88 million and hire John DeFilippo to run the ball 40 times a game. Think more athletic RT type like Lane Johnson and the Philadelphia Eagles style offense that is more a 60/40 pass/run split. I highlighted the Williams connection earlier this week, plus he is a maniac when it comes to game prep.Pass rusher is something the team really wants to upgrade, so expect someone in the first three rounds. Michigan’s Chase Winovich would make a ton of sense in Round 2.The team is happy with what they have currently at wide receiver. Take that however you want. Despite the fact that the team signed Thomas Rawls, Alfred Blue and Benny Cunningham don’t be surprised if a running back is picked before Day 3.There are a couple of Day 3 quarterbacks the team would be fine with to take as potential long term backups, two names mentioned directly were Jared Stidham and Gardner Minshew. The Eagles announced this week that they won’t be applying the franchise tag to quarterback Nick Foles. On the surface Black Dede Westbrook Jerseys
, it’s good news for Foles. At a deeper level, it means that Foles won’t be guaranteed nearly $25 million this year.So what will he get on the open market? It’s unclear how many teams will jump into the bidding for the 30-year-old’s services. Last year, however, it took only two teams (the Vikings and the Jets) to get Kirk Cousins $84 million fully guaranteed on a three-year deal.With the Broncos trading for Joe Flacco (as of March 13), not many teams have an obvious need for a starting quarterback in 2019. The universe of franchises that need someone now currently consists of the Dolphins, the Jaguars, and Washington. With Alex Smith still on the books for plenty of injury-guaranteed money in Washington, Foles’ future could come down to Miami and Jacksonville. And if one of those teams doesn’t want Foles Dede Westbrook Jerseys 2019
, it could come down to one. (If neither wants Foles, he’s got a little problem.)So what can a Super Bowl MVP with a decidedly mixed bag of career production get on the open market? Kirk Cousins got his $28 million per year without winning many/any big games. But Foles has won games at the highest level of the sport. And his low point came with the Rams, a place where pre-McVay plenty of quarterback careers went to die — or at least to end up in a coma.Then there’s the question of whether the teams that need quarterbacks will prefer to pay a veteran or roll the dice on a rookie. Last year’s quintet of first-round quarterbacks, all of whom passed the eyeball test, may cause teams to look toward the draft, where signal-callers come far cheaper than they do in free agency.Still, if a significant market were in place for Foles, the Eagles would have tagged him and traded him. They surely tried Black Dawuane Smoot Jerseys
, and obviously didn’t succeed. Which means that no one wanted to give the Eagles a draft pick and to pay Foles nearly $25 million for 2019, and/or to sign him to a long-term deal with the franchise tag as the starting point.Without the draft-pick compensation to the Eagles, will someone pay him $25 million or more per year? That undoubtedly will be the target for Foles, given that players like Derek Carr (no playoff wins), Matthew Stafford (no playoff wins), Jimmy Garoppolo (no playoff wins), Cousins (no playoff wins), Matt Ryan (no Super Bowl wins) Dawuane Smoot Jerseys 2019
, and Aaron Rodgers (one Super Bowl win) are making that much or more.Also, with the salary cap now at $188.2 million, $25 million represents only 13.2 percent of the cap. Given that Foles has stepped up and played well in the biggest of spots, that seems like a small percentage to devote to the most important player on the field.