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Why Blackmon could be a goner

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06:58 AM ET 05.01 | For Justin Blackmon, the timing of his arrest couldn't have come at a much worse time in terms of lost leverage against the Jaguars. Blackmon's future guarantees will void based on a standard provision in all guaranteed rookie contracts that wipes out the guarantees in the event of a suspension. This means that the Jags can now pull the plug on Blackmon's deal and owe him nothing more, even though top five players otherwise get fully guaranteed contracts for four seasons. Throw in a new G.M. who may have had no desire to pick Blackmon in the first place, and Blackmon could be gone. If the Jaguars are willing to accept the fact that Blackmon will have received roughly $8.5 million for one year, they can move on by asking Blackmon to move out.

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May 1, 2013  07:42 AM ET

I think the fact that he's in Jacksonville keeps people from saying it, but.....

BUST!!!

May 1, 2013  07:59 AM ET

I think the fact that he's in Jacksonville keeps people from paying much attention to him at all.

Hail to the Redskins!

May 1, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I think the fact that he's in Jacksonville keeps people from saying it, but.....BUST!!!

I think a lot of players in Jacksonville could be very productive on other teams but the J-Ville culture doesn't help.

May 1, 2013  08:09 AM ET

"Jacksonville Jaguars football... we get nothing right."

May 1, 2013  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think the fact that he's in Jacksonville keeps people from paying much attention to him at all.Hail to the Redskins!

HAIL!!!!

May 1, 2013  08:44 AM ET

This was his second violation in less than a year? Adios, dude.

May 1, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This was his second violation in less than a year? Adios, dude.

It would have to be his third. For substance abuse offenses, you don't get suspended four games until your third positive. For PEDs, it's a second violation.

May 1, 2013  09:01 AM ET

No wonder a lot of teams will choose character over troubled talent. You have to be really sure about a sketchy guy coming into a locker room and making a mess out of everything. Some are so good, they have no choice to hope for the best, but Blackmon now carries a lot of baggage. I'm sure another team will take him on, but there will definatley be a few clauses in his contract.
Sadly I can see this kid with no money when he is older.

May 1, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It would have to be his third. For substance abuse offenses, you don't get suspended four games until your third positive. For PEDs, it's a second violation.

Yes, but the article references language in his contract that allows the Jags to void future guarantees, and apparently gives the Jags the latitude to break him loose at their leisure.

May 1, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Bad teams do what the Jags did, and that is why they remain bad. They always weigh talent over character. Bad move. Bad teams cannot afford to do that, only good teams can take that chance. Why do they think they can fix someone when they obviously have not fixed themselves?

May 1, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Blackmon had this heart-warming story about his encouragement/friendship of a little girl diagnosed with cancer during the pre-draft and his last year in college. I think that may have led teams to give him the benefit of the doubt and turn a blind eye to a few red flags. The kid may mean well, but he clearly has an issue with substance abuse.

May 1, 2013  09:23 AM ET

blackmon is the picture perfect reason why teams let these type of guys fall so far in the draft.

they already have issues personally and when you lather that up w/ millions of dollars the cup overflows.

May 1, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

blackmon is the picture perfect reason why teams let these type of guys fall so far in the draft.they already have issues personally and when you lather that up w/ millions of dollars the cup overflows.

The Jets are right with them. Geno Smith ( a guy I would not have gone near ) has fired his agent. I guess it is their fault he did not go top 10. He still does not get the rookie slotting. He will get what the 39th player got last year . $4.99 million for four years.

May 1, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hail to the Redskins!

Hail to the Red Tails!

haha

May 1, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Who had 5/1/2013 in the pool?

May 1, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Hail to the Red Tails!haha

Sooner or later, these petty D.C. Council members who seek notoriety will realize the fact...

Washington NEEDS the Redskins... The Redskins don't need Washington.

May 1, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It would have to be his third. For substance abuse offenses, you don't get suspended four games until your third positive. For PEDs, it's a second violation.

He's got two arrests for DUI. It appears his problem isn't PEDs, but booze and irresponsibility.

DUI can make anyone a goner, literally.

May 1, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Blackmon had this heart-warming story about his encouragement/friendship of a little girl diagnosed with cancer during the pre-draft and his last year in college. I think that may have led teams to give him the benefit of the doubt and turn a blind eye to a few red flags. The kid may mean well, but he clearly has an issue with substance abuse.

Good post. I think with a kid like this, you need to have supportive veteran players around. Vikes did it with Randy Moss, having Cris Carter put him under his wing. Did it work? But when he came to New England he knew he couldn't get away with that crap. The Pats and Blackmon could work well for each other.

May 1, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Sooner or later, these petty D.C. Council members who seek notoriety will realize the fact...Washington NEEDS the Redskins... The Redskins don't need Washington.

Always hate politicians getting involved where they don't belong

 
May 1, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Good post. I think with a kid like this, you need to have supportive veteran players around. Vikes did it with Randy Moss, having Cris Carter put him under his wing. Did it work? But when he came to New England he knew he couldn't get away with that crap. The Pats and Blackmon could work well for each other.

True... Jacksonville doesn't seem like a good place to bring in questionable characters. No stability there for him to develop.

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