- Ian Rapoport reports that Blackmon’s suspension is for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
- Brian McIntyre mentions that Blackmon will lose $289,754 of his $1.231 million base salary for the 2013 season.
- Joel Corry notes that this suspension could actually void the guaranteed money included in Blackmon’s rookie deal, which comes out to $10.77 million.
Blackmon has since released a statement.
“I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and pre-season with my team, and during the suspension I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the Jaguars when I return. I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and Jaguars fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”
Blackmon, 23, has been arrested twice for DUIs, but both incidents occurred before he signed with the Jaguars. A suspension to begin the season is hardly the type of the thing that endear oneself to a new coaching staff and front office.