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- The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman believes a deal worth around $19 million a season could resolve the situation between the Jaguars and DE Yannick Ngakoue, who held out from minicamp to indicate his desire for a new deal and could hold out from training camp.
- Ngakoue has 29.5 sacks in his first three seasons, which puts him in elite company among NFL pass rushers, but is scheduled to make just over $2 million in 2019, the final year of his contract, with the potential for a franchise tag in 2020.
- While $19 million would put Ngakoue a hair below the NFL’s highest-paid pass rushers like Frank Clark and Demarcus Lawrence, Daniel Popper of the Athletic sees the Jaguars offering $17 million per year as their max and telling Ngakoue to take it or leave it.
- Heilman notes WR Dede Westbrook should be the Jaguars’ leading receiver.
- Popper writes Jaguars WR Marqise Lee should be on the field Week 1, while there’s a chance OT Cam Robinson can’t play until late September.
- The agent for Jaguars UDFA S Zedrick Woods was surprised by the rookie’s decision to retire, as he had a path to a major role with the team’s lack of depth at safety: “It was kind of shocking to me just because I knew how much he was grateful for the opportunity to get a chance to play in Jacksonville and not being too far from home. … I think they expected a lot from him this year.” (Heilman)
- Texans S Justin Reid says on Twitter he’s fine after being involved in a car accident where his vehicle was hit from behind by a drunk driver.
- Reid adds he has some bumps and bruises but feels better than he does after some football games.
- NFL Media’ Ian Rapoport reports that Texans DE J.J. Watt‘s stay on the PUP list should only last a couple of days, as Watt just has a “minor” knee injury.
- Rapoport adds the same is true for WR DeAndre Hopkins, whose stay on the PUP list should just be “a matter of days.”
- According to Albert Breer, “it’s pretty clear” Bill O’Brien is running the show in Houston after they failed to hire Nick Caserio as GM.
- Breer mentions that Texans chief negotiator Chris Olsen will oversee the cap, director of player personnel Matt Bazirgan will oversee pro scouting, college scouting director James Liipfert will oversee (yup) college scouting, and EVP Jack Easterby will continue to work to ensure that the organization is aligned, among his other duties.
- While Caserio was clearly their top target for the GM job, Breer thinks O’Brien liked New England college scouting director Monti Ossenfort as a GM candidate too.