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Jaguars talking extension with Cecil Shorts

Cecil Shorts AP

The Jaguars have pretty much resigned themselves to not having wide receiver Justin Blackmon in 2014 and his future beyond that isn’t particularly clear, which likely played a role in the team’s decision to draft wideouts Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round of the draft.

It also may lead them to hold onto one of their veteran receivers beyond next season. General Manager David Caldwell said that the team is talking to Cecil Shorts, who led the team with 66 catches and 777 receiving yards last season, about an extension.

“We’ve had some general discussions with his representation,” Caldwell said, via the Florida Times-Union. “Obviously, we want him here for the long haul. He’s a valuable part of our organization, and we’d love to, at some point in time, take care of Cecil.”

Caldwell said that he hopes the addition of Lee and Robinson to go with 2013 rookie Ace Sanders will give the team flexibility to move Shorts around the offense to make full use of his skills. Holding onto Shorts would also help the offense when they decide to turn to Blake Bortles at quarterback as they’re otherwise thin on experienced targets in the passing game.

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10 Responses to “Jaguars talking extension with Cecil Shorts”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: May 14, 2014 9:10 AM

    Jagaurs are talking suspension with justin blackmon.

  2. johnnyjagfan says: May 14, 2014 9:22 AM

    Not good news. He was a crybaby last year when he didn’t get “enough” passes to drop. Now we have Ace who will perform better than Cecil the Third in the slot and is thicker and will take a better pounding.

    Not to mention we just drafted two big boys to play the outside. Trade Cecil the Third to Houston and let him drop passes there. I don’t know why the Jags think this guy is worth it.

  3. 49erstim says: May 14, 2014 9:22 AM

    This new look Jags offense could be something if Bortles translates to the NFL as well as Lee and Robinson. Shorts is already pretty good. I’d be excited for the future if I was a Jaguars fan.

  4. orecic76 says: May 14, 2014 9:49 AM

    @johnnyjagfan….Shorts is the most experienced WR on the roster, which could help the 2 rookie wideouts and could possibly help Blake if he plays early…..not only that he has been playing out of position the last 2 yrs with Blackmon not being around. We all know what Shorts is capable of!

  5. earpaniac says: May 14, 2014 10:34 AM

    Have they ever said what Blackmon is suspended for taking?

  6. tinbender2000 says: May 14, 2014 10:35 AM

    After they reach a deal the headline will read “Jaguar’s take it in the Shorts”

  7. 49erstim says: May 14, 2014 11:51 AM

    @earpaniac…… pretty sure it is due to his boozing. That dude can and will operate a motor vehicle with a blood/alcohol content that would kill you or I.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: May 14, 2014 1:15 PM

    They will extend Cecil so he can be Cecil Long I. Or at least Cecil Medium.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: May 14, 2014 2:38 PM

    Hopefully an extention will make Cecil taller, since he isn’t very fast and has lousy hands.

  10. gtiguy says: May 14, 2014 10:35 PM

    I’ll get lots of thumb downs but I don’t really care. He is overrated, plain and simple. That being said, he is our best receiver currently. I really hope we don’t pay him #1 receiver money, he is not worth it.

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