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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Around The NFL is tracking all of the latest buzz for the 83rd NFL draft, which starts Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Check back each day for updated nuggets as we pass along whispers from around the league. Here’s what we’re hearing Monday:

1. The Patriots were intrigued and impressed by Lamar Jackson after the Louisville quarterback made a secret Top-30 pre-draft visit to New England, according to Rapoport. In the market for a developmental project behind Tom Brady, the Pats hold the Nos. 23 and 31 picks in the upcoming draft. If he’s still on the board at 23, Rapoport emphasized on Monday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute, the Patriots will consider drafting Jackson as Brady’s successor.

2. Still just 20 years old, USC’s Sam Darnold is poised to become Gary Payton Authentic Jersey the youngest quarterback ever selected in the draft. A former linebacker and wide receiver, he’s still developing under center. If he lands with a team desperate for a starter, will Darnold be ready to play by September?

If that’s the plan, if that’s what they want to do, I’ll definitely be ready come Week 1, Darnold assured The Rich Eisen Show Monday. I think I’m going to star in whatever role the coaches want me to be in.

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If NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will have a meeting with a group of cheerleaders, the two former cheerleaders who recently filed discrimination claims will settle those claims for $1 each.
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It was smooth sailing for Carr on Day 1. With players in shorts and no pads, it would be troubling if the $125 million QB did struggle. Expect Gruden to ramp up the challenges as we press toward the summer.

He threw everything at me, Carr said. He tried to get me, see if I was listening to him in the meetings and those things. We had a lot of fun doing that. It’s always fun to accept his challenge and hopefully do good at it and look at him and wink.

That changed in recent days when reports circulated the Browns would take Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1, which they did. When Saquon Barkley went to the Giants at No. 2, it cleared the way for the Jets to get Darnold, the man they hope can be the long-term answer at quarterback they have been searching for since Joe Namath left town four decades ago.

When it looked like he was going to slide to us, we were pretty excited to take him, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said.

This is the sort of pick the Jets had in mind when they moved up from No. 6 to No. 3 in the draft in a trade with the Colts last month. They wanted to be in position to grab one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.

Authentic Kids Steve Grogan Jersey The Jets chose Darnold over UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. There were some members of the organization who liked Rosen, but Darnold was the preference of Maccagnan. A source said Josh Allen was not really in the mix for the Jets and had it been a choice between Darnold and Baker Mayfield, the belief was the Jets would have taken Darnold. A source said the offensive coaching staff was not high on Mayfield.

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Hell, taking Barkley at No. 1, and then Ward, would have been smarter.

Josh Allen apologizes after offensive tweets from high school resurface

On the eve on the NFL draft, offensive tweets from a potential No. 1 pick, Josh Allen, surfaced on social media.

Mel Kiper projects the first round of the draft Thursday night, based on what he’s hearing. What will the Browns do with the first pick?

The former Wyoming quarterback acknowledged the tweets to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith late Wednesday night and apologized, saying he was young and dumb.

The tweets no longer appear on Allen’s account. However, they contained racial slurs and other offensive language, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Philadelphia’s Scott Kingery went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts. He has two hits in his last 24 at-bats with 12 strikeouts.

Phillies C Jorge Alfaro struck out three times while going 0 for 4 and is now 8 for 47 (.170) with 24 strikeouts.

Arizona RHP Zack Greinke (2-1, 4.13) faces Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.04) on Wednesday night in the second game of the three-game series.

He found himself at Arizona State, committing to play for head coach Todd Graham and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. Since Barnett’s arrival, Lindsey left for Auburn and Graham has been fired, leaving Barnett starting from scratch.

Barnett was behind starting quarterback Manny Wilkins at ASU and now will have the opportunity to find a starting spot of his own.

The Arizona Republic first reported Barnett was transferring, and Fox Sports first reported he was visiting USF.

Jazz: Ingles is 10 of 21 from 3-point range over his last two games. … Utah forced 15 turnovers. … Royce O’ Neale finished with a career playoff-high nine rebounds. … Rubio is averaging eight assists per game in the series.

Westbrook publicly promised to shut down Rubio in Game 4 after the Jazz point guard notched a triple-double in Game 3. His aggressiveness ended up with Westbrook drawing four personal fouls in the first half. In the end, Rubio shot just 4 of 12 from the field, but he finished with two fewer assists (eight) than the Thunder tallied as a team.

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The Boston Bruins entered their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, having finished five points better in the regular season. Through four games, everything went as expected: The Bruins had a 3-1 series lead.
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Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: I figured the Golden Knights could win the first round of the playoffs, no matter who the opponent was. That it ended up being the Kings gave me pause for a moment, before it was obvious that the way the Knights roll their lines vs. the relative lack of depth for L.A. meant we would see an expansion team in Round 2.

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I’m sure he’s going to get a good response with us being out there, Staubach told ESPN. If they boo, all of us are in trouble.
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Cowboys fans in particular haven’t been pleased with Goodell after he issued a six-game suspension to running back Ezekiel Elliott last year stemming from domestic violence allegations.

Owner Jerry Jones, who himself has quibbled with Goodell in recent months over the commissioner’s contract extension, hoped for a welcome reception for the NFL’s top decision-maker for more selfish reasons: getting future drafts back at AT&T Stadium.

I don’t know of anybody, maybe other than me, that’s had more boos than Roger has, Jones said. I know about how that works. I do hope we can be positive in our reception. We are going to do something pretty special, and he did have a final say in that.The mystery around the No. 1 pick is only getting juicier as the hours tick down to draft night.

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