September 12, 2018
The Jacksonville Jaguars declined to exercise the fifth-year option in defensive end Dante Fowler’s rookie contract.
The decision could mean Fowler Antonio Morrison Jersey , the third overall pick in the 2015 draft who had eight sacks last year, will become a free agent in 2019.
Executive vice president Tom Coughlin says ”we do like Dante and we feel that he’s on the verge of having a great season. … We want him to have a great season and earn a new long-term contract with us this year.”
Had the Jaguars picked up the option Brandon Manning Jersey , they could have been on the hook for $14.2 million for Fowler in 2019. The contract would have been guaranteed only for injury. It would have been a huge risk to take on a backup to Pro Bowl pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue.
Fowler has 12 sacks in three seasons, plus two more in the 2017 postseason.
He missed his entire rookie year in 2015 after tearing a knee ligament during his first minicamp. He also has dealt with off-field problems Lane Taylor Jersey , including hitting a man and throwing his groceries in a lake in 2017.
Fowler was arrested in Miami Beach in March 2016 and charged with misdemeanor counts of assault against a police officer and resisting arrest without violence. The charges were later dropped. That arrest came a little more than two weeks after a video surfaced showing Fowler refereeing a violent fight between his girlfriend and an ex-girlfriend.
He also has a long list of traffic violations, including several for speeding.
The Alliance of American Football has signed its first 100 players for the new spring league http://www.chicagobearsteamonl…..ler-jersey , including former high-profile recruits Ty Isaac and receiver Chris Black.
The AAF begins a 10-game regular season with eight teams in February. The first batch of players to sign the league's standard three-year deal worth $250,000 was announced Monday . The players are allocated based on where they played in college or professionally. Players without geographic ties to an AAF team are allowed to sign with any team.
Players who receive NFL contracts will be allowed to break deals with the AAF Thomas Vanek Jersey , which was founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian.
Isaac was a five-star recruit from Illinois whose career began at Southern California and ended at Michigan. Black went to Alabama and transferred to Missouri. Both will play for Birmingham in the AAF.
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