Jacksonville Jaguars Rumors & News

Aaron Colvin Likely To Play Out Contract Year

  • The Jaguars are likely to begin extension conversations with the younger members of their roster in the near future, but cornerback Aaron Colvin — who is entering his contract year — is likely to play out the season and hit the open market with the hope of moving to outside corner, a source tells Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida-Times Union. Colvin only played in 10 games in 2016 due to a suspension and an ankle injury, and his playing time will be limited once again in 2017 thanks to the presence of Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.

Jaguars Notes: Jones, Willis

  • Scouts view North Carolina State safety Josh Jones as a top-50 pick, according to Pauline, and a number of clubs have already expressed interest. Jones has worked out for the Jaguars and will meet with the Cardinals, Steelers, Ravens, Dolphins, and Jets. While Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN.com ranks Jones as just the seventh-best safety on the board, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com places Jones within his top-50 players (No. 48).
  • The Jaguars have visited with Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis, reports Pauline, and the Eagles, Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Cowboys all plan to meet with the edge rusher, as well. Even with that level of interest, Willis will still likely end up being selected at the beginning of the second round rather than at the end of the first, writes Pauline. The Saints have already put Willis through a workout.

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Jaguars Eyeing Utah O-Lineman

  • There were a number of offensive line coaches at Utah’s Pro Day, including staff from the Jets, Browns, Jaguars, and Lions. Offensive tackle Sam Tevi was impressive during the workouts, and the big man has drawn particular interest from both the Saints and Patriots.

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NFLPA Probing Jaguars For CBA Violation

Tom Coughlin‘s return to Jacksonville may encounter some mild turbulence this offseason. A letter from the new Jaguars executive VP to several players is now the subject of an NFLPA investigation, with Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reporting a possible CBA violation occurred this month.

Coughlin sent a letter to several Jaguars players currently under contract saying they needed to report to the team’s facility for a physical earlier this month. However, the Jags do not begin their offseason program until April 10, and multiple sources informed O’Halloran the league’s CBA does not permit this request.

A player who does not live in Jacksonville who balked at paying his own travel expenses to return for this surprise request is believed to have notified his agent, who then alerted the NFLPA, per O’Halloran. Jags players are not allowed at their facility until that April date. Several players, though, were advised by their agents to follow through with the physical even as the investigation transpires. O’Halloran reports a possible punishment for the franchise will be the forfeiture of an OTA this spring.

This potential violation, though, does not appear to be as severe as the one the Ravens were found guilty of last year. Baltimore had to forfeit a week’s worth of OTAs for its practice-related infraction last year. The Seahawks and Falcons will also have fewer than the allowed 10 OTA sessions this year due to violations.

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Jaguars Sign Malliciah Goodman

The Jaguars have signed Malliciah Goodman, according to agent Chad Speck (Twitter link). Terms of the defensive lineman’s deal are not yet known. "<strong

With the exception of the 2014 season, in which he appeared in all 16 of the Falcons’ games and started ten, Goodman didn’t see much action during his four-year career. In 2016, Goodman appeared in one game for the Seahawks before circling back to Atlanta. The Falcons cut him in December, so he didn’t get to join the team for its run to the Super Bowl.

The Jaguars project to start a strong defensive line this year with ends Dante Fowler and Calais Campbell plus defensive tackles. Malik Jackson and Abry Jones. Goodman, for now, will join defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue, Jonathan Woodard, and Chris Smith plus tackles Stefan CharlesMike Bennett, and Sheldon Day on the bench.

The Jaguars still have defensive end Jared Odrick and defensive tackles Sen’Derrick Marks and Roy Miller floating in free agent limbo.

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Jags Work Out Kicker, Punter

  • The Jaguars worked out free agent kicker Zach Hocker today, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). Incumbent Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers‘ field goal conversion rate dipped below 80% last season, and he also missed three extra points, so the Jags may be open to adding competition. Hocker. 25, last appeared in the NFL in 2015 as a member of the Saints and Rams. Jacksonville also auditioned punter Tom Hornsey, adds Wilson.

Jaguars To Sign TE Mychal Rivera

The Jaguars have agreed to terms with tight end Mychal Rivera, Jeff Darlington of ESPN tweets. It’s a two-year deal with a max value of $6.75MM, but year two is a team option, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com adds (on Twitter). Mychal Rivera

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Rivera started 13 games for the Raiders between the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The ’14 campaign was a career year as he logged 58 receptions, 534 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. In 2016, Clive Walford surpassed him on the depth chart. It has been long known that the Raiders were likely to move on from him.

Rivera now joins Marcedes Lewis atop the tight end depth chart. Lesser known tight ends Ben Koyack, Neal Sterling, and Alex Ellis are also on the roster for the time being. The Jaguars have been on the lookout for TE help ever since trading Julius Thomas to the Dolphins in February. The intra-state swap sent Thomas to Miami in exchange for a 2017 seventh-round pick. Then, in a separate deal, left tackle Branden Albert came to Jacksonville for a 2018 seventh-round selection.

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Jaguars Meet With Cam Robinson

Meanwhile, former Foster teammate Cam Robinson met with the Bills and Panthers. A Jaguars stop is next for the first-round tackle prospect, Rapoport reports. The Carolina visit occurred today. Robinson, Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk and Utah’s Garrett Bolles headline the tackle class.

FA Rumors: Butler, Poe, Z. Brown, Raiders

Restricted free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler didn’t emerge from his Saints visit on Thursday with a deal, but the meeting “went well,” a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). As of now, there remains motivation on both sides to hammer out an agreement, Rapoport adds. PFR’s Zach Links laid out a few potential scenarios earlier this week involving Butler, who would surely net the Patriots a quality return in a trade.

More free agency-related news:

  • The offer that defensive tackle Dontari Poe accepted from the Falcons on Thursday was worth less than the Jaguars’ proposal, reports ESPN’s Josina Anderson (Twitter link). Before taking a one-year, $8MM deal (plus incentives) with the reigning NFC champions, Poe turned down the Jags’ fully guaranteed $9MM (and incentives). Head coach Dan Quinn was key in talking Poe into joining the Falcons, relays Anderson.
  • It doesn’t appear that linebacker Zach Brown‘s powwow with the Raiders will lead to a deal, as a source told ESPN’s Adam Caplan that it “looks like a no-go right now” (Twitter link). Although Brown had a stellar 2016 with Buffalo and currently ranks as PFR’s top available linebacker, the market for his services has been tepid.
  • Wide receiver Andre Holmes met with the Bills on Thursday, one day after there were reports that he had signed with them, per Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (via Twitter). It turns out the Bills offered Holmes a three-year, $4.5MM accord, which the NFLPA accidentally documented as a done deal.
  • Linebacker Dekoda Watson visited the Seahawks on Thursday, tweets ESPN’s Field Yates. The 29-year-old Watson is a journeyman who has played for five teams, including the Broncos last season. He served as an integral special teams cog in Denver, which would like to re-sign him.

Jaguars Sign LB Josh McNary

The Jaguars signed linebacker Josh McNary, according to a team announcement. McNary, formerly with the Colts, was non-tendered this offseason.

McNary, an Army product, appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Colts last season. He has been largely a special teams guy for Indianapolis over the last four years and that’s likely the role he’ll continue to play in with Jacksonville. His career sack total is 0.5 and he had just 13 total tackles in 2016. Still, he is a tough player who is willing to do the dirty work in the third facet of the game.

In other Jaguars news, the team recently hosted defensive tackle Dontari Poe on a visit. Poe, unsurprisingly, is among PFR’s best interior linemen remaining in free agency.

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