Weaver promises team won’t leave Jacksonville

AP

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver met with the media on Tuesday to talk about this very Jaguar morning in the NFL.

Weaver confirmed all the major stories from the morning, including the sale of the team to Shahid Khan.  A few big takeaways from the presser:

1. Khan will keep the Jaguars management staff intact.  An agreement to sell the team was signed Tuesday morning. Khan has given his word he’ll keep the team in Jacksonville. Nothing is in writing to keep the team in Jacksonville.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind this team is going to stay in Jacksonville,” Weaver said. “You have to trust the individual’s integrity.  I have no doubt Khan will do what he plans to do.”

2. Khan will buy a house in Jacksonville, but he won’t be ae as “day-to-day” an owner as Weaver.  It sounds like Khan won’t live in Jacksonville year round.  Khan lives in Illinois. Weaver said he refused calls from California of possible owners interested in moving the team.

3. Roger Goodell heard from Weaver Tuesday morning before any agreement was signed. NFL owners will vote on the sale on December 14 at league meetings, assuming the league’s executive committee votes to do so. The transaction won’t be come official until early January, but it sounds like the sale will easily go through.

4. Jack Del Rio was fired because Weaver had made up his mind and it was “unfair” to leave Del Rio twisting in the wind.

“We deserve better, this community deserves better,” Weaver said. “We’ve been very average the last few years.”

5. Weaver promised interim coach Mel Tucker that he’ll get to interview for the head coaching job after the season, but the organization will conduct an extensive coaching search.

6. Weaver said job candidates will range from coaches with head coaching experience to up and coming coaches.  Weaver will be heavily involved in the new coaching search, which seems odd.

UPDATE: Khan released a statement: “I will be fully committed to delivering Jacksonville its first Super Bowl championship.”

73 responses to “Weaver promises team won’t leave Jacksonville

  1. “I will be fully committed to delivering Jacksonville its first Super Bowl championship [from Los Angeles].”

  2. Weaver “promised” Mel Tucker that he will be interviewed for the head coaching job after the season…..if for nothing else but to fulfill the minority interviewing requirement

  3. did all you haters read that last UPDATE? If not here you go, from Mr. Khan “I will be fully committed to delivering JACKSONVILLE its first Super Bowl championship.”

  4. Khan released a statement: “I will be fully committed to delivering Jacksonville its first Super Bowl championship.”

    Which means that he’s opening the way for another NFL franchise to move into Jacksonville.

  5. As a Seattle resident, we heard the same thing when the Sonics were purchased.

    Bye bye, Sonics.

    I’m sure everything will work out in Jacksonville… until it works out better in L.A.

  6. It would have been perfectly reasonable to let Del Rio twist in the wind, considering he bought his own rope and tied the noose himself.

  7. Weaver “not taking calls from anyone in LA” could possibly lead to the owners voting down the sale.

    What if one of the two LA groups let’s it leak that they were willing to pay $100 million more than Khan plus the exorbitant moving fee to the NFL in order to move the team to LA? That’s all money that would be divided amongst the existing owners. By not taking the call it can be argued that Weaver did not do his due diligence and thus cost the owners a lot of money.

  8. He should leave and there never should have been a team in Jacksonville as it’s not an NFL city. To select J-ville over Baltimore in the expansion process was clearly political and stupid move by the former commissioner.

    I ain’t hating on J-ville but the decision made no sense giving the NFL tradition related to the city of baltimore and then how accomodating the league was when the browns were moved to Baltimore. It was almost as if the league knew they made a huge mistake. Could you imagine if the browns left for indy and then several years later they were beaten out for a new team by jacksonville?

    Say what you will but look it now and try to convince yourself of anything else.

  9. Weaver fired Del Rio because “we deserve better, the community deserves better”….but he can’t be bothered to shell out the money necessary to hire a decent coaching staff or a real QB coach. Blaine Gabbert deserves better.

  10. The fans in Jax would support the team if given the opportunity to root for a winner. The economy in the area will rebound and the fans will have money to spend again. (Hope)

  11. “Khan has given his word he’ll keep the team in Jacksonville. Nothing is in writing to keep the team in Jacksonville.”

    La-La Land!

  12. Didn’t he say in october that there was no way the team would be sold?

    The team will remain in Jax just as sure as Kevin Kolb will remain the starter for the Eagles

  13. Jacksonville, meet Clay Bennett…err Shahid Khan. Seeing that this is one of the rumored teams to be relocated to Los Angeles, I would be worried if I was a Jaguars fan. I would be especially worried that Weaver is selling the team to an outsider with no roots in J’ville. We saw what happens when a owner (Schultz) sells his team to an outsider (Bennett) and that outsider promises to not to move the team. Good luck.

  14. It’s interesting that this Khan guy tried to buy the Rams a little over a year ago when there was speculation about a Rams move back to LA. Khan runs his business out of Illinois and has no ties to Jacksonville. I’d be worried if I were a Jags fan.

  15. “Khan has given his word he’ll keep the team in Jacksonville. Nothing is in writing to keep the team in Jacksonville.”

    There it is right there, all you need to know.

  16. i dont think THIS team should EVER be in LA because if they do move them there, there’s going to HAVE to be another re-alignment because LA is west, not south.

  17. I can’t say it enough people, but PLEASE do some research before you keep throwing out the LA thing. The Jags are, at best, the 5th most likely team to move any time soon, behind San Diego, St. Louis, Oakland and Minnesota. Everbank has a strict contract with the Jaguars through 2029, of which if they move, the buyout is MASSIVE.

    I immediately give no credit to anyone who simply throws out the LA move as a joke.

  18. I’m fully committed to bring a Super Bowl to Jacksonville!

    OK, so the Jacksonville stadium will host a Super Bowl in the near future…

  19. The sale should go through easily because the NFL I believe already did its “due diligence” type of stuff when he was looking to buy the Rams.

  20. Why is there a team in Jacksonville? I understand the final four was St. Louis, Charlotte and Baltimore in October of 1993.

    The Rams moved in 1995. The Browns moved after the 95 season

    Wonder what the league would be like today had the Jacksonville franchise been awarded to Baltimore or St. Louis?

  21. In December, Khan & Goddell will issue a joint statement that, due “unforseen financial situations” the Jaguars will be relocating to LA. Khan will claim he “tried his best” to keep the franchise in J’ville but that the NFL pressured him to make the move. Start the trucks, boys, the Jags are moving to LA!

  22. It’s a joke that Del Rio had a contract that pays him $5 million next season. I mean really?

    This guy was a joke as an HC and proves my theory that if anyone stays anywhere long enough (Jeff Fishersyndrome), you’ll stumble into a couple of playoff berths. I mean, 2 appearances in 9 years, lol.

  23. I want to believe that he won’t move the team, but people lie so badly these days, you can’t trust what they say.

    Wayne Weaver was telling reporters to their face that he had no interest in selling just a few weeks ago. Now this.

    My feeling is that at this moment he has slimy lawyers investigating how he can break the Jags stadium lease so that he can move the team to LA or London. I just hope I’m wrong and he keeps the team in Jax and unlike Weaver opens his checkbook and gets top notch people in the Front Office and on the field.

  24. thegonz13 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:21 PM

    I’m fully committed to bring a Super Bowl to Jacksonville!

    OK, so the Jacksonville stadium will host a Super Bowl in the near future…

    Ummm… nice try but not without an NFL team.

  25. Does Weaver think we’re stupid, or is he stupid? If he sells the team, he has no say over whether the team stays in Jacksonville, or goes elsewhere.

    It’s one thing if there’s a catch clause (as has been the case in Minnesota) requiring the franchise to remain. However, don’t think that a new owner won’t try to break through that if he sees a way, and thinks he’ll gain financially. Al Davis proved the NFL could be beaten on this when he moved the Raiders to Los Angeles.

  26. bbrophy1,

    When bigots like you expose yourself, it’s all the more comical. Why’s it that he’s only fulfilling a requirement instead of the guy’s actually been cited to be well liked and has one of the best defenses in football under his watch, even with that awful offense burdening them? No way a minority ever gets anything except “andouts” in your little world. Maybe Coetter would be more worthy to you since you know, he’s a white guy.

    Just like any other coaching search, he’s going to be a long shot, but what’s the point of you spewing this racist garbage? I’m sure you don’t say much when numerous white guys on the staff of a fired coach interview for the job after their old boss is gone, which happens almost every hiring cycle. But a minority is only “fulfilling a requirement” in your eyes, which makes you a small person to have that thought process.

  27. In other news, the team announced it will put black tarps across the entire upper deck to make it easier to sell out. All 10 season ticket holders were excited.

  28. @bbrophy1 – the only thing racist is the requirement that a minority is interviewed….why cant one interview the best candidates for the job…regardless of race or background. Gee, I have 3 great white candidates but i cant interview them because they are white….ridiculous

  29. @jamaltimore:

    Watching the Mayflower vans moving out in the middle of the night still hurts many Colts fans today. You may get a lot of negative comments. but those who experienced the pain,hear you loud and clear. We love our Ravens, but still mourn how our first child was stolen by Ebaneezer Irsay.

    And nothing against Jacksonville, but Baltimore had a much better plan, with much better financial backing than Jacksonsville did. But Tags and company told Baltimore to “build museums” instead.

  30. “There’s not a doubt in my mind this team is going to stay in Jacksonville,” Weaver said.

    As the Art Modell Cleveland Browns and Clay Bennett Seattle Supersonics proved, you can leave the team colors, history and trophies in the city and just move the franchise and start over so Khan can leave the colors and brief history in Jacksonville but move the franchise and start over.

    Someone tell me that Wayne Weaver isn’t the only rich man in town? He couldn’t find local interest to buy the team?

  31. Without it in writing look out Jax. I recall Herb Kohl wouldnt sell the Bucks to MJ and Oprahs group because they wouldnt sign an agreement to keep the team in Milwaukee.

  32. Some of you folks are idiots! The guy already was a minority owner of the Jags. He not moving them. Get to another topic, pic on another team. Funny, average attendance in Jax last 5 years exceeded 60,000. Get your facts right.

  33. how the hell did the Jaguars get two home monday night games, the ravens have been to three straight playoffs and havent had a home monday game since 2007………………….?

  34. The Jags cannot move for about 20 years unless they can demonstrate at least three consecutive years operating with a loss.

    And even if that occurs, the exit buyout is enormous.

    Not happening.

  35. The owners may block the deal because they want this franchise in LA ?? ? ? Sadly, if anyone should move its them,,,this city was given a team (over Baltimore for gods sake) & they dropped the ball

  36. I dont understand why Weaver is saying all of these definitive things now that he isnt the owner anymore. Isnt he suppose to shutup and wait for his money in January. Like having your house in escrow, you just hope it doesnt fall through.

  37. Plus the revenue generated from Colts/Steelers,Steelers/Patriots, Patriots/Colts, and Saints/Cowboys twice a year would be enormous. Plus all 4 California teams are in the same division so it saves on travel cost, plus all the California games will be at 4pm.

  38. How did that similar promise work out in Seattle, with the Sonics new owners who bought the team from Paul Allen? As soon as the deal was closed, they blew out of town to Oklahoma City! It was Helloooo Thunder! When you no longer own a team, you don’t get to call a shot like that. It looks like LA or bust for the Jags. Bummer Dude. If you live in Jacksonville.

  39. Makes perfect sense the team is going to LA. That’s why none of the LA “players” are on the buying end of this deal. Did anyone pause to think about that? How much easier would it be to sell to Roski or someone affiliated with the AEG group. Instead he sells to a man who makes his home in Southern Illinois. Jacksonville isn’t LA but it’s >>> Southern Illinois. Those of us who know Weaver as an owner know he’s patiently waited for the right person and turned down offers from people he didn’t trust to keep the team in Jax. Could it happen? Sure it could, but everything I’m reading about him is he’s not looking to make a fortune in the NFL. He’s already doing that. He’s looking for a challenge and to have fun owning a franchise because he loves the game. I see bright days ahead for the 904. Haters will just have to keep hating.

  40. Weaver and Khan are both motivated solely by concern for the fans in Jacksonville. Just as Wall Street hedge fund managers are solely motivated by concern for ordinary consumers.

  41. I don’t understand this, did Weaver sell the team or not. How can he say what this Khan guy is going to do 2 or 3 years from now. How does Weaver even know if the other owners will agree to allow this guy to buy the team. Something doesn’t smell right but what’s worse is how can you fire a guy when you want to sell the team anyway. Seems kind of personal to me. Isn’t that always the excuse they use “I wanted to be fair to that coach, (even though he lost me millions of dollars and I have to worry about blackouts every week).”

  42. Jacksonville should never have been awarded a franchise in the first place, and should consider themselves lucky they ever had a team at all.

  43. @zoxitic – LOL..at least there are jobs there..and a real football team..and coming from someone backing-up Jax for christ sake…….LOL…give me a break!

  44. To all the the IDIOTS saying the team will move to Jacksonville I would like to point out that I live in Jacksonville and that the Jaguars have a stadium lease that runs through 2029. In order to break the lease the jags have to prove they have lost money in 3 consecutive years or attempt to argue that the City of Jacksonville has failed to properly manage the stadium….basically the team isn’t moving so stop it with the annoying comments thanks…

  45. lol, as a Jaguars fan I think the writing is on the wall. This is exactly how teams move. Just wait a few years; I’m almost certain it will happen.

    Anyone who thinks this Shahid fellow has any interest in Jacksonville when one of the most lucrative markets is about to open up is kidding themselves. I’d be absolutely shocked if the team’s here in 10 years. Weaver plainly lied about selling the team. Because of that, there’s plenty of reason to believe he’s lying about the team staying in Jacksonville.

  46. “In order to break the lease the jags have to PROVE they have lost money in 3 consecutive years …”

    Jags relocation plan for 2015

    Step 1 – Before the 2012 season remove the tarps on the 20K seats in the upper decks

  47. Khan wants a team so bad he would tell Weaver anything. No ties to the city either.
    Cali is flat broke right now. But when they get the right stadium package which gets approved by the locals (much bigger hurdle than you might think) and start throwing around big numbers, then the days in Jax will be numbered.
    My best guess is 5 years before the ship sails.

  48. [[ To all the the IDIOTS saying the team will move to Jacksonville I would like to point out that I live in Jacksonville and that the Jaguars have a stadium lease that runs through 2029. In order to break the lease the jags have to prove they have lost money in 3 consecutive years or attempt to argue that the City of Jacksonville has failed to properly manage the stadium….basically the team isn’t moving so stop it with the annoying comments thanks… ]]

    Unfortunately it is almost unevitable that when faced with a purely financial business decision the owner will be swayed to move the team to the city offering the best long term opportunity. The owner has no loyalty to Jax and he is going to receive some very, very tempting offers.

    As you stated there are some loopholes that give the team a way out of the stadium lease and it wont be that hard to show a financial loss on paper for 3 years. Or some other loophole that just requires a little creative accounting. Stuff that is everyday stuff for a business person of Kahn’s means. Also lets face it, it wont be that hard for the ownership to show that the City of Jacksonville is not holding up their part of the deal. They are just another inept city government that has had a very adversarial relationship with the team, at times.

    Kahn will probably give it a go for about 3 years in Jax to keep his word temporarily, but in the long run there will be a million excuses available for him making the move to a bigger market. The phrase “continued viability of the franchise” comes to mind. It really sucks but unfortunately that is the reality.

  49. pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 29, 2011 3:36 PM

    Jacksonville should never have been awarded a franchise in the first place, and should consider themselves lucky they ever had a team at all.

    ——————————————————

    We have a winner!

    That is the bottom line. J’ville is not an NFL city and should have never received an expansion team. It was, without a doubt, the biggest mistake Tag made.

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