Jags won’t pick up Dante Fowler’s option

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The third overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft won’t have the option on his contract for the 2019 season exercised before Thursday’s deadline.

Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin announced that the Jaguars have decided not to pick up defensive end Dante Fowler‘s contract. The option would have put them in line to pay Fowler $14.2 million next year, although Jacksonville could have rescinded it as long as Fowler was healthy enough to pass a physical.

An injury got Fowler’s pro career off on the wrong foot as he tore his ACL during a rookie minicamp practice shortly after being drafted. He returned to record four sacks in 16 games the next year and had eight to help the Jags to an AFC South title in 2017.

Couglin said that progression, which also included two sacks of Tom Brady in the AFC title game, has the Jaguars interested in finding another deal that would keep Fowler in the fold. Fowler could opt to bet on a continued rise leading into unrestricted free agency, although it remains to be seen how high he could push the ceiling with Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue also on hand at defensive end.

24 responses to “Jags won’t pick up Dante Fowler’s option

  1. Since he has a history of injury, a 5th year option may cost them $14 million if he is injured again. A hit on cap space without a player to suit up. Not a good gamble.

  2. They can’t afford their defense after paying BUMlake Bortles.

  3. Quality player and surprised they didn’t pull the trigger on the option…unlike Shane “Puff Puff” Ray although that dude will want to take a home town discount to be close to those Colorado dispensaries.

  4. .
    The Jags need to keep an eye on the rear view mirror. Salary cap issues are closer than they appear.

  5. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 2, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    They can’t afford their defense after paying BUMlake Bortles.

    That’s one of the worst reaches I’ve ever seen for a nickname

  6. Slim Flounders says:

    May 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 2, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    They can’t afford their defense after paying BUMlake Bortles.

    That’s one of the worst reaches I’ve ever seen for a nickname

    How about Bleak Bortles?

  7. Ton of top level DE’s potentially hitting the open market next year. Danielle Hunter from MN who already has 25.5 sacks and doesn’t turn 24 until Oct 29th is one of them. Somebody will pay Fowler if he wants to go to a team and be a starter.

  8. A typically good move by Couglin.

    Perhaps that so-called GM Jerry Reese, who never should have been in the NFL to begin with, should have listened to ol’ Tom more often in NY.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    May 2, 2018 at 5:18 pm
    cap hell has arrived


    You need to change your screen name to “cap hell” thats all you ever post. you need new material

  10. It’s a smart move the the Jags. If Fowler is willing to sign for a lot less than he thinks he worth, the Jags might, or might not, take another chance. Right now he doesn’t have much value.

  11. Everyone knew they wouldn’t pick up the option. He gets a lot of sacks, but doesn’t start. They’ll make him an offer to try to keep him, but like A Rob, he knows someone else will pay him more in free agency and the Jags will get a compensatory pick.

  12. detroitfanatic says:
    May 2, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    He’s not good enough to start, and too expensive to be a backup. This move seems obvious.

    12 2 Rate This


    he was a top 10 pick!! hello?

    a disastrous BUST

  13. “Pats traded their best QB for nothing. I think Bill lost his 3d chessboard on that one.”

    Hilarious. Garrappollo is very good, but Brady was MVP, led the league in passing, was #3 in completions of 20+ yards in the air last season and #1 in completions of 40+ yards in the air. Ie; the best QB in the league last year.

    How exactly was Garrappollo the Pats “best quarterback”? Oh that’s right, he wasn’t. SMH

  14. This shouldn’t come as a surprise after drafting another DL from UF. Hopefully this one works out better than Fowler did. Although Fowler did have a good year last year he’s largely been a disappointment. He may find his minutes dwindling this year with more going to the rookie as the year goes on. They probably already decided to move on from him. I trust Coughlin….he doesn’t put up with any nonsense. My guess is there were a number of things he didn’t like about Fowler.

  15. ill bet they pick up the option on myles jack next year though. that dude is a really great football player. nose for the ball like few ive seen.

  16. Myles Jack was a second round pick, thus, there is no 5th year option to pick up.

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