"I feel at times there’s probably a little emptiness," Bradley told the paper. "There are some unknowns there and you don’t know how it’s working. You don’t want to shut it off. We haven’t heard much and it doesn’t sound like it’s going in the right direction. ... We can’t count on him."
The Jaguars don’t expect Blackmon to be reinstated in 2014, so they drafted two receivers in the second round.
There is no official word on when, or if, he will be reinstated by the league. He's currently serving an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Blackmon is not taking up a roster spot, and the team doesn't have to pay his salary while he is suspended. He doesn't count against the salary cap, either, so there is no monetary reason to let him go. Plus, if the Jaguars release him they might not be able to recoup some of the $11.9 million in bonus money they paid Blackmon when he signed his contract after being the fifth overall selection in 2012.
The clock has stopped on Blackmon's contract. It will start again if he is reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, meaning the Jaguars will have him under contract for three more seasons at a pretty reasonable salary. He was to make $289,745 in 2013, and though his salary jumps to $2.07 million and $2.91 million in the last two years, thatis still economical for a player with his ability.
Blackmon remains suspended indefinitely for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The Jaguars selected receiver Marqise Lee in the second round and Allen Robinson in the third round Friday night, and general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley don't intend on counting on Blackmon in 2014 and beyond.
The report says Blackmon can't be cut until he's reinstated, something Caldwell hinted is not a given.
When asked about Blackmon's future Friday, Caldwell responded: "I think we've covered that. We've moved on for this year."
When asked if he would cut Blackmon, Caldwell said: "We can't [cut him]. If that even happens."
Bradley also stated his disappointment in the situation.
"I feel at times there's probably a little emptiness," Bradley said. "There are some unknowns there and you don't know how it's working. You don't want to shut it off. I was hoping it would be better than where it is going. We haven't heard much and it doesn't sound like it's going in the right direction. Like Dave said, we can't count on him."
|P2||8/14/14||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|P3||8/22/14||@ DET||7:30 pm|
|1||9/7/14||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|2||9/14/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|4||9/28/14||@ SD||4:05 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/23/14||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
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