Jags decline to pick up Dante Fowler’s fifth-year option

Last year the Jacksonville Jaguars declared picking up Blake Bortles’ fifth-year option was a smart business decision. This time around, the team is making a different choice when it comes to a first-round pick’s option year.
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With the quick rise of young stud pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue and a plethora of high-profile defensive linemen, the $14.2 million price tag for Fowler was likely too high for the Jags to justify exercising for 2019. Fowler could also face league discipline stemming from a July 2017 arrest.

Garafolo added, however, that the team believes Fowler is an ascending player and hopes to hammer out a long-term deal before he reaches free agency. Given Fowler’s young age and the dearth of potential free agents at his position, the pass rusher could price himself out of Jacksonville if he balls out in 2018.
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