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Blackmon gives Khan first big challenge of NFL ownership

Justin Blackmon, Shahid Khan, Gene Smith, Mike Mularkey AP

Last week, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan got the first test of his tenure as owner of the team, thanks to a public pissing match with the City of Jacksonville.

He hadn’t seen anything yet.

Khan now has to decide what to do with receiver Justin Blackmon, the fifth overall pick in the draft who consumed much more than a six-pack (allegedly) before getting behind the wheel of a car on Sunday morning.

Khan has options.  He can do nothing, deferring to the authorities first and, if Blackmon is convicted or pleads guilty (or no contest or enters a diversion program), the league office second.  At the other end of the spectrum, Khan can renounce his rights to Blackmon — which is almost as unlikely as Khan renouncing his rights to the franchise.

In between those two extremes resides a range of possibilities.  Khan can, as previously explained, insist on provisions in Blackmon’s rookie deal that would erase future salary guarantees if Blackmon has any further incidents.  Or Khan could insist on breaking from the slotting process, offering Blackmon a contract that represents a fair estimate of what he would receive based on where Blackmon would be selected if the draft were held today.

Khan could take that mindset to another level, explaining to Blackmon’s agent that the player will be offered a contract roughly worth what he would receive if he sits out a full year and re-enters the draft in 2012, inevitably being selected far lower than the fifth overall pick.

Then there’s the possibility (albeit remote) of sending Blackmon to a new team, now.  Under Article 6, Section 4(b) of the CBA, a drafted rookie who has not signed a contract may be traded until 30 days before the first game of the regular season.  (This year, the deadline is August 6.)  Of course, that approach would reflect the ultimate in buying high and selling low; few teams would give the Jaguars at this point anything equivalent to the value of the fifth overall pick in the draft.

But it would send one hell of a message.

Khan’s choice, whatever it may be, will provide important insight into his views regarding the team he has purchased.  Will winning overcome principal?  Or will principal be massaged in a manner conducive to winning?  A cynic may say that the final decision ultimately will be driven by the path most likely to sell tickets.

For more on the situation, along with other stuff about the team, here’s Mike Dempsey of 1010XL in Jacksonville on Monday’s PFT Live.

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69 Responses to “Blackmon gives Khan first big challenge of NFL ownership”
  1. mesta1 says: Jun 4, 2012 11:10 PM

    The commissioner should start collecting car keys at the draft. NFL gets a DUI a day

  2. discosucs2005 says: Jun 4, 2012 11:19 PM

    I think paying less with a pretty incentive laden contract seems like the way to go. You still want him on your team, but his value obviously has changed. I doubt any team would pay him a lot right now, so it’s not like he’s got options.

  3. illicitbehavior says: Jun 4, 2012 11:23 PM

    Who is the principal involved? When will he be massaged in a manner conducive to winning? And more importantly, will he have any principles?

  4. orthodoxdj says: Jun 4, 2012 11:27 PM

    Khhhaaaaaannnnnnnnn!!!!!!!

  5. eaglesfan247 says: Jun 4, 2012 11:35 PM

    Was he not suppose to be the safe pick over Floyd?

  6. hannahsdaddy says: Jun 4, 2012 11:37 PM

    Cool. I guess you can’t post your opinion here. At least I know where the mods are from.

  7. mf7krime says: Jun 4, 2012 11:43 PM

    His second challenge is deciding on what type of fabric to use to cover all the empty seats this season.

  8. tommyf15 says: Jun 4, 2012 11:46 PM

    Then there’s the possibility (albeit remote) of sending Blackmon to a new team, now. Under Article 6, Section 4(b) of the CBA, a drafted rookie who has not signed a contract may be traded until 30 days before the first game of the regular season. (This year, the deadline is August 6.) Of course, that approach would reflect the ultimate in buying high and selling low; few teams would give the Jaguars at this point anything equivalent to the value of the fifth overall pick in the draft.

    But it would send one hell of a message.

    The message would be “the Jaguars are stupid”. Oh, wait- they keep sending that message.

    But a rookie isn’t going to care if the team that drafts them winds up trading them before the season. Why would they?

  9. commonsensedude says: Jun 4, 2012 11:57 PM

    I regularly bash Roger Goodell but I’d loudly applaud him if he started to take half as tough a stand against drunk driving by players as he does about … everything else. Drunk driving KILLS people. INNOCENT people. It’s got to be stopped.

    I’ll bet that if Goodell makes a rule that says that if you get a DUI you have to sit out the entire season with no pay, there’d be a lot fewer arrests.

  10. tommyf15 says: Jun 5, 2012 12:05 AM

    BTW, when did Ron Jeremy’s weird brother buy the Jaguars?

  11. tweeter75 says: Jun 5, 2012 12:05 AM

    Sahid Khan looks like Ron Jeremy.

    Ron Jeremy wants an explanation.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2012 12:06 AM

    Hugely interesting situation. (Though it helps if you’re a Jag fan). Khan is a different sort of owner for one thing. Has he had enough of Gene Smith after this? Must be perilously close. Smith didn’t bring in Blackmon for a workout or interview before using the seventh overall pick, plus a fourth round pick, on him. Knowing he had to commit around $20 million to the decision. Went largely on the word of a former employee who now works for Oklahoma State. Which is where his loyalties would lie, now.

    Top five picks get paid as much for the publicity they bring to the team as anything else. Blackmon has lost whatever shine he had. Maybe permenantly in Jacksonville. What is he worth to the team now? He was disappointing in early workouts. Slow to learn the plays. Decent chance the Jags cut ties with him in some fashion.

  13. jameslongstaffe says: Jun 5, 2012 12:06 AM

    What he needs is not everyone to give up on him… what he needs is a responsible veteran to kick his ass. Somebody that is not afraid of him, because I think it is a disservice otherwise.

  14. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 5, 2012 12:19 AM

    Khan’s mustache needs an explanation, and it’s not going to let “Blackman” leave the room till it gets one.

  15. steelybills says: Jun 5, 2012 12:24 AM

    Man, those are some ugly dudes.

  16. realitypolice says: Jun 5, 2012 12:24 AM

    Whoa…easy there sport.

    There are probably 50 guys in the league, maybe more, with DUI’s. The idea that this owner, after just acquiring a team, should be the one to make this huge statement by doing something drastic with the 5th pick in the draft is a little unfair. Especially when no other owner has done it.

    Get some concessions on the contract, save a little money, get some protection against future shenanigans, accept whatever penalty the league decides, and move on.

  17. blacknyellablacknyella says: Jun 5, 2012 12:24 AM

    He’s a young man who got a DUI. He did something most everyone who posts on here has done at some point of their lives (only he got caught). This story suggests he’s all kinds of trouble. The kid made a mistake, he’ll have his day in court, there’ll be consequences . . . moving on . . .

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2012 12:29 AM

    The sad thing is that Khan and Tony Boselli, along with many other members of the Jaguar organization, have been making Herculean efforts to promote the team in the outlying areas of Jacksonville in recent weeks. One selfish, stupid, act on the part of an individual who has done nothing to this point to help the team, undoes all the good in a flash. If it was me I wouldn’t even offer him a contract at this point.

  19. phoff12 says: Jun 5, 2012 12:45 AM

    How about not suspending players for smoking marijuana? It doesn’t enhance performance and you don’t have knuckle heads driving around getting arrested.

  20. souldogdave says: Jun 5, 2012 12:45 AM

    What he needs is to be hammered hard, and made an example of. Make him pay for being incredibly stupid and dangerous and selfishly arrogant. What he did ,he should be ashamed and contrite.Where is his Mamma?Young fool needs a serious tune-up.

  21. pacificnw7722 says: Jun 5, 2012 12:50 AM

    “Or Khan could insist on breaking from the slotting process, offering Blackmon a contract that represents a fair estimate of what he would receive based on where Blackmon would be selected if the draft were held today.”

    This would be the SMART move with incentives, protections and provisions built into the contract.

    Just in case…..

  22. seatownballers says: Jun 5, 2012 12:56 AM

    You picked him. Now pay him based on performance..
    .24 right?

  23. joshmelder says: Jun 5, 2012 1:03 AM

    INKAHNCEIVABLE!

  24. cornedbeefhashinacan says: Jun 5, 2012 1:25 AM

    Nope, second. His first challenge was getting people to take him seriously with that cartoon mustache.

  25. iambadkid says: Jun 5, 2012 1:41 AM

    gear cake

  26. rollteal says: Jun 5, 2012 2:03 AM

    He needs a Swift kick in the a$$ and there needs to be a mandatory breathalyzer in his vehicle at all times is his DL isn’t revoked.
    But it all depends on all he turns from here and if he can cut the sauce either way I’m highly disappointed in him and so is everyone else in the city of Jacksonville @ this moment. and this comes from someone who is very high on his talent since his 2nd year of college.
    PS (He needs to stay out of local pubs)

  27. latenightroach says: Jun 5, 2012 2:08 AM

    Khan shouldn’t have to decide anything. He’s an owner, not a babysitter.

    The league should have a set policy that’s standard across the board for every team with clear cut disciplinary action to be taken for DUI arrests.

  28. ruthlssjag says: Jun 5, 2012 2:14 AM

    2 things:
    1. Jeremy Mincey needs to get in Blackmon’s face & pretty much just eye ball the guy. I think that’ll take care of any potential future incidents!!

    2. In response to “thegreatgabbert,”

    Blackmon has lost whatever shine he had. Maybe permenantly in Jacksonville. What is he worth to the team now? He was disappointing in early workouts. Slow to learn the plays. Decent chance the Jags cut ties with him in some fashion.

    You can’t be serious?? Writing off a top 5 pick after trading up to select him while giving up another pick (4th round) is absurd in every way possible.
    Then you yap on about how his “shine” is next to gone throughout the fanbase & so on. Do yourself a favor & speak on behalf of “yourself,” don’t speak for me, as u shouldn’t, nor the next fan, nor the next fan, nor the next fan, are you sensing a trend here? Blackmon will be given EVERY chance to clear his image, & might I add “ALL will be forgotten WHEN he comes in & plays his style of football.”
    Everyday is a new headline story in the sports industry, not that I would expect you to know any of this. This week, Blackmon charged with DUI, next week: God knows what.. It’s a circulation of MONEY just for future refs. The ONLY thing I can agree with you about is an incentive based deal. Will it happen, absolutely not. It’s called, wishful thinking. Last thing, when was there ANY reports of him being disappointing in OTA’s?? Bro, you better know what your talking about before you blab it out, because I’m sure 10 times out of 10 I’ll be there to correct your mistakes.

  29. doubledee88 says: Jun 5, 2012 4:12 AM

    Goodell will find a way to take this out on the Saints.

  30. joetoronto says: Jun 5, 2012 5:32 AM

    Ship his arse to the Bungals and cut your losses, what a colossal mistake drafting this idiot.

    Mike Brown would pay him a convicts salary, like he always does.

  31. phillyfinsfan says: Jun 5, 2012 5:33 AM

    I remember a young man who played wide receiver here in Philadelphia who could “only catch touchdowns” before Buddy Ryan released him because he was abusing alcohol and drugs. Chris Carter then went on to have a hall of fame career. I think what will wake Blackmon up is making him earn his money.

  32. tv426 says: Jun 5, 2012 5:58 AM

    I’ve said it a thousand times, if I were a GM I never select a WR before the 4th round. The egos just aren’t worth it and they don’t develop until the end of their first contract anyway. Keep the prima donnas and pick one up as a FA.

  33. raqaiw says: Jun 5, 2012 5:58 AM

    Why does he “need” a veteran to kick his tail? Men and women several years younger and compensated far lower than he’ll be (no matter what contract he signs) don’t need kicks to do a far more dangerous job. What he needs is a revoked license. Pain is a great teacher,if you hurt yourself badly enough you learn not to do whatever it was that got you hurt. Continued coddling has resulted in the guilty party(ies)not feeling any of that pain,so they never learn the lesson.

  34. archetypeobscure says: Jun 5, 2012 5:59 AM

    Hows the trade up into the top 5 for a WR feel now?

  35. httr73 says: Jun 5, 2012 6:18 AM

    Maybe that’s why he got the DUI in the first place..to try and force a trade. Probably been planning this from the moment that picture was taken.

  36. jaxbill says: Jun 5, 2012 6:49 AM

    Huh, I thought Top 5 picks were chosen for their play on the field. Don’t know what you’re smoking greatgabbert, but there’s no chance they cut bait with Blackmon this early.

    The whole article is really baseless. Aside from reducing guaranteed money, there really is little that Khan can do to punish. The better question is what can Khan do as far as providing Blackmon with counseling with any potential drinking problem.

  37. swagjag says: Jun 5, 2012 6:59 AM

    Mike Dempsey would do better explaining how it is possible to be the 6th most popular sports radio personality in Jax.

  38. mvincent81 says: Jun 5, 2012 7:07 AM

    First off, this was not a Gene Smith pick. Khan likely pressed for Blackmon, anyone with knowledge of how the Jaguars have drafted since Smith became GM would know this. Most Jaguars drafted are team captains on their respective college team and all are of high character. There was much debate on whether Blackmon would even be looked at by Jacksonville because of the DUI in Texas. This is the reason Jacksonville did not do any pre-draft workouts with him; that and he was expected to go #2 at one time. I think if this incident does anything it will teach Shad Khan to not override his football guys. He tried to do it with Tebow and did it with Blackmon.

  39. ssraebel says: Jun 5, 2012 7:12 AM

    As a Jags fan I am tired of all the bad press we have gone through this offseason. Don’t want to cut ties with Blackmon yet, but he better be on a really short leash. Zero tollerance for him. Not one mention about him at a nightclub, speeding or drinking or he is gone.

    Where is the row row row your career guy? That was funny stuff w Fairly.

    And no the teams not going to LA. Stop please w that LA stuff for every team. It is so old and worn out.

  40. dd393 says: Jun 5, 2012 7:13 AM

    Khan should have a strong GM to run the day to day football operations and allow that GM to handle situations such as this.

  41. jag8917 says: Jun 5, 2012 7:17 AM

    I thought this guy was supposed to be Dez Bryant minus the off-field BS? He’s starting off on the wrong foot big-time.

  42. joemammy says: Jun 5, 2012 8:07 AM

    Trade him to Cleveland, straight up for Mo Massaquoi. Blackmon and Weeden seemed to work well together…

  43. knucklehead93 says: Jun 5, 2012 8:11 AM

    Are you sure that is not a picture of Nipsy Russell instead of Blackmon?

  44. skinsrock says: Jun 5, 2012 8:18 AM

    What’s the challenge? Forgive, forget, move on… He’s the owner of a football team, not his daddy. Blackmon either will learn his lesson or it gets real fun after the second DUI within a short period of time.

  45. XRayTiD says: Jun 5, 2012 8:23 AM

    I’m one of the few Rams fans still in existence and I find it ironic that everyone was concerned about Janoris Jenkins smoking marijuana and Floyd’s DUI but Blackmon “the safe pick” is the first one in trouble and putting innocent people in danger by being THREE TIMES over the legal limit.

  46. truninerfan49 says: Jun 5, 2012 8:24 AM

    Its funny everyone was piling on dez and saying that Blackmon was a great kid off the field. Blackmon has 2 dui’s and dez has 0. Who is the turd??

  47. billsin20xx says: Jun 5, 2012 8:28 AM

    If they trade him they probably couldn’t get anything better then a 6-7 round pick, or a punter. Oh wait, I forgot they drafted on of those….

    Boy, a 3rd round receiver looks pretty good right now though, doesn’t it.

  48. shackdelrio says: Jun 5, 2012 8:52 AM

    “A cynic may say that the final decision ultimately will be driven by the path most likely to sell tickets.”

    Cynic, Idiot. What’s the difference?

  49. illiniftw says: Jun 5, 2012 9:04 AM

    @tv426 Don’t select any WR before the 4th round?? You must be from the Jerry Angelo school of GM. Ask us Bears fans how that works out…. In the league now you need good WR. Just do your homework and see what the kid is about. A guy that doesn’t drink a lot can’t blow a .24 and even walk to their car let alone try to drive

  50. phinfan says: Jun 5, 2012 9:12 AM

    Sad to say but this kids big hangover will consist of losing out on MILLIONS of dollars, jail time and a suspension. Which ultimately will lead to more binge drinking…

  51. schmitty2 says: Jun 5, 2012 9:14 AM

    Blackmon is pretty gutsy. I would never cross my boss who had a moustache like that

  52. rmzthefirst says: Jun 5, 2012 9:14 AM

    Shakes head…..!

  53. bigvinnyinjax says: Jun 5, 2012 9:14 AM

    I like the guy and I hope he can straighten himself out Yes, the bad press is getting old, but if Blackmon can be a stud on the field all will be forgotteaan. Don’t forget that Mojo had a brush with the law just after being drafted and he worked out just fine.

  54. blueinok says: Jun 5, 2012 9:18 AM

    Raqaiw – he may be getting his pain. OK has gotten pretty tough on DUI’s. Being 3 times the legal limit and the second DUI in a year may well net him a year in the slammer. Have had two aquaintances in the last few years that have ended up in the slammer for 6 months and a half way house for 6 months.

  55. bobby2478 says: Jun 5, 2012 9:24 AM

    I wonder just how many posters on this site have ever gotten a DUI or maybe an underage consumption?

    This is an error, but let’s not blow this out of proportion and say the guy deserves to get dropped out of the league or given away for a bag of dorritos.

    How about Khan has a genuine sit down with him and his agent everyone makes a lapse in judgement from time to time and that they are willing to stick with him. But in return they need a good faith gesture to show them that Blackmon clearly understands he can’t afford ANY MORE stupid off-field mistakes and recommends he voluntarily attend treatment or counseling? This is his 2nd DUI so he clearly has an alcohol issue.

    That would show Blackmon that the team understands and is willing to support him, if he gets in line and realizes the gravity of the situation. This error is manageable if he genuinely understands he made a mistake and that he’s willing to do what it takes to make sure he doesn’t make anymore. His career is at a crossroads, he needs to decide if his potential NFL career is more important then throwing away his future with dumb mistakes that everyone makes from time to time.

  56. pesh00 says: Jun 5, 2012 9:24 AM

    Basically something like this before you have a contract is about the dumbest thing he could do. Now he has lost any kind of leverage (whatever the dude in the same slot last year got paid) and will have a bunch if provisions in his contract so the Jags can cover themselves incase something else happens.

    Funny part is I recall people saying he wasn’t a headcaselike Dez….so much for that. Besides think Dez finally has his head on straight…..dude is going to be beastmode this year.

  57. shackdelrio says: Jun 5, 2012 9:32 AM

    “tv426 says:
    Jun 5, 2012 5:58 AM
    I’ve said it a thousand times, if I were a GM I never select a WR before the 4th round. The egos just aren’t worth it and they don’t develop until the end of their first contract anyway. Keep the prima donnas and pick one up as a FA.”

    Andre Johnson?

    Calvin Johnson?

    Larry Fitzgerald?

    AJ Green?

  58. Spencer says: Jun 5, 2012 9:47 AM

    And what a boring challenge it is.

  59. bradentonbuc says: Jun 5, 2012 10:28 AM

    Who cares? It is ultimatly about putting out a good product and making lots of MONEY! You can whine all you want about character and integrity, but that was out of the game LONG ago, basically when agents became involved and it no longer was a game, but a business. We will still all watch and the NFL knows it.

  60. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 5, 2012 10:40 AM

    blacknyellablacknyella says:
    Jun 5, 2012 12:24 AM
    He’s a young man who got a DUI. He did something most everyone who posts on here has done at some point of their lives (only he got caught). This story suggests he’s all kinds of trouble. The kid made a mistake, he’ll have his day in court, there’ll be consequences . . . moving on . . .

    Most who post here have driven at THREE TIMES the legal blood alcohol content limit one year after being popped for another DUI? I doubt it, not unless I stumbled onto an Alcoholics Anonymous blog by mistake. Once is a mistake, twice is a potentially serious alcohol abuse problem. The dude needs to seek counseling, and seek it now, before he kills somebody next time.

  61. nickjoe78 says: Jun 5, 2012 11:05 AM

    There is a way to stop this kind of activity.
    Here is a silver platter handed to you with
    millions of dollars and endorsements.
    All you have to do is abide by the rules of the NFL. If you dont …you will be fired forever.
    No second chances..A chance of a lifetime thrown
    away because you cant control yourself.
    If you work at Walmart..you have to pass drug test..if not ..you dont work.
    If the NFl will have ..0..Tolerance…this kind of conduct will stop..or Go to work some where
    else….

    Nick

  62. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 5, 2012 11:42 AM

    nick, there’s one key difference. I’m pretty sure that if Walmart fires, you, you can still get a comparable job at Target or some other retailer. If the NFL “fires” you, there is no comparable job, certainly not in this country (the CFL is probably the most comparable, and, of course, they’re in Canada). To essentially prevent someone from earning a living in his chosen profession for one mistake seems a bit harsh.

  63. rmc1995 says: Jun 5, 2012 11:57 AM

    The consistency in reporting is a joke. The Lions were stretched over the coals for ignoring the so called red flags when Fairley dropped in their laps at 13. After his arrest their were links to all of those supposedly waiving the flags that Fairley had character issues. Lots of very proud “insiders” quick to point out their great prognostication. Until you actually learn that these red flags had nothing to do with off-field problems, but about being lazy and hard to motivate. Fairley went on to recover and play through pain proving these red flags were wrong. With egg on their face the insiders loosly raised these flags again as an indication that the Lions front office ignored known problems and should be held responsible for Fairley’s arrests.

  64. restitutororbis says: Jun 5, 2012 12:39 PM

    Rams look a hell of a lot smarter passing on this guy.

  65. illiniftw says: Jun 5, 2012 12:41 PM

    Jeeze Lions fans are whiney. Your team got more bad press because almost your entire draft class got in trouble / arrested for something not just 1 guy.

  66. finbukake says: Jun 5, 2012 12:59 PM

    Jacksonville is nothing more than a redneck nest. That team will end up in LA. The owner’s box most likely reeks of curry. Lesson learned, hire a driver if you’re gonna booze up.

  67. rcali says: Jun 5, 2012 1:10 PM

    At the end of the day, all these top draft picks have their teams by the short ones. All the Jags can do is put him on “double secret probation.”

  68. rmc1995 says: Jun 5, 2012 1:22 PM

    @illiniftw,
    Bad press is expected. The follow up stories were irresponsible at best. There was no indication Fairley had character issues that would lead to off-field problems…none. All the red flags were about motivation and work ethic, yet more than a few stories claimed they saw these off-field problems coming with Fairley with nothing but a hunch that he was lazy.

    Bad press is one thing, bad journalism is another.

  69. stevincinci says: Jun 5, 2012 1:34 PM

    joetoronto says: Jun 5, 2012 5:32 AM

    Ship his arse to the Bungals and cut your losses, what a colossal mistake drafting this idiot.

    Hell yeah, the Bengals would take him. Lined up opposite A.J Green. Receivers would be unstoppable. We’ll give them a 4th rounder.

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