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Hunter Cantwell turns down Jaguars offer to become college coach

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Former Baltimore and Carolina practice squader Hunter Cantwell turned down a chance to be the Jaguars’ third quarterback in favor of becoming an assistant coach at an NAIA college.

Cantwell’s going to work for his old high school coach Perry Thomas at Campbellsville (Ky.) University, quite a departure from the NFL level.

According to a league source, Cantwell surprised the Jaguars by declining their offer to go to camp with a chance to win their third job, and even paid for his own plane ticket home when he didn’t sign.

His decision was predicated by the fact they made no guarantees to keep a third on the 53-man roster behind Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. After he turned down the chance to compete with Jordan Palmer for the third job, the Jags turned to former Mike Martz-favorite Nathan Enderle.

While that decision seems curious on its face, the lack of any kind of certainty could have prevented him from getting the coaching job, so he went with the sure thing. And for a player who was on the fringes of rosters for three years, apparently the start of a coaching career was worth taking that chance.

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6 Responses to “Hunter Cantwell turns down Jaguars offer to become college coach”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Jun 28, 2012 1:29 PM

    What’s really amazing is that he didn’t say his decision was because of all the concussions he got in the NFL.

  2. tombrookshire says: Jun 28, 2012 1:36 PM

    Wise decision in the long run and I am sure it was much easier for him than people think given that he could have gotten hurt, released and left with nothing to fall back on. I wish him well.

  3. ronswansonsdinner says: Jun 28, 2012 2:15 PM

    He didn’t want to waste his time learning from a bum like Greg Olson

  4. jgedgar70 says: Jun 28, 2012 3:03 PM

    He made a good move. John Fox kept telling us in Carolina that he was an NFL-caliber QB. That’s damning enough testimony to drive Cantwell into coaching.

  5. therillest says: Jun 28, 2012 10:04 PM

    Cantwell: So you are telling me that even though your QB was the worst in the league last year and even if I out perform him in camp…I’m still not going have an opportunity to compete for playing time?

    Gene Smith: Correct….

    Cantwell: TAXI!

  6. joetoronto says: Jun 29, 2012 6:16 AM

    Of course, it’s the Jags.


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