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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Jags Lose Blackmon

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Jags Lose Blackmon

After having a huge breakout season in 2012, Justin Blackmon will be watching his Jaguars teammates from the sidelines for at least the first four games of 2013. For the second time in past year the player the Jags so highly coveted that they trade up to #5 overall in 2012 to draft him, has failed to comply with the league's substance abuse policy. 

For all the good that he brings on the field, this is the third time since arriving on the NFL radar as an Oklahoma St. standout in 2010 that he has faced some form of legal trouble that may dramatically effect his wallet (DUI's in 2010 & 2012). This time around he will miss four games checks. A loss, but not a financial crushing blow. What will ultimately be a much bigger blow is this suspension voids future guarantees in his contract and opens the door to the ability for Jacksonville to cut Blackmon without having to pay him a penny more of the roughly $10million left on his deal.

"It's very disappointing," general manager Dave Caldwell said on a conference call with reporters. "We understand that this isn't all going to be an upward trend and we're going to have setbacks. To be honest with you, things like this are frustrating because it's an avoidable situation. That's what's real concerning and frustrating. At the end of the day, we're going to have 53 players on our team on opening day and we're just moving forward and we're not slowing down."
 
As for Blackmon himself, he had the following to say, "I've made a mistake and I have no excuse," he said in a statement. "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 preseason 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."
 
So now a team who already is in a bad place in terms of actual talent on the field will be without arguably their best playmaker.

It is going to be another long season in 2013 for the Jags.

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