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Jaguars Sign Injured Rookie Dante Fowler Jr. 

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars made good on their word that they would enter good-faith negotiations with the No. 3 overall pick in last month's draft, injured rookie defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the team signed Fowler to a four-year, $23.5 million, fully guaranteed deal less than a week after he tore his ACL on the first day of rookie minicamp.

"We are excited to get Dante under contract," Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said. "Negotiations with Dante's representatives were ongoing prior to his injury last weekend and nothing has changed. His attitude and spirit that he has shown recently are part of the reasons we selected him third overall. He understands the process ahead of him and is willing to do the work. He has a bright future ahead of him with the Jaguars and we look forward to him getting back on the field in 2016 and for many years to come."

The former Florida stand out was injured during 11-on-11 drills less than an hour into the first session of the Jaguars two-day rookie minicamp last Friday. Later that evening, an MRI confirmed the youngster had torn his left ACL, and the team announced he would miss the entire 2015 season.

In 2014, Fowler's final season at Florida, the junior had 60 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.

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Jaguars' Fowler Out For Season 

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE) --  On the first day of rookie minicamp, Jacksonville Jaguars first-round selection Dante Fowler Jr. injured his knee and will miss the entire 2015 season, the team announced Friday.

Fowler, the third overall selection out of Florida, lost his footing when attempting to beat a blocker, and his left knee buckled. He immediately grabbed his knee as trainers rushed over.

Team trainers aided Fowler off the field as the rookie could not put weight on his leg. He was put onto a cart and transported to EverBank Field for examination. 


“(Jaguars Head Athletic Trainer Scott Trulock) just talked to me right now,” Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said after practice about an hour after Fowler left the field. “He’s being evaluated right now. We’ll know more tonight.

“I didn’t really see what happened on the field. It happened kind of off to my side, but we’ll find out more tonight.”

Video of the incident:



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Maurice Jones-Drew Retires With Jaguars

ThinkStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Running back Maurice Jones-Drew signed a one-day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday and announced his retirement from the National Football League.

“This game has done so much for me and my family,” Jones-Drew said at a news conference. “From where I came from to where I am now has done so much.”

The Jaguars originally selected Jones-Drew out of UCLA in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. In eight seasons with Jacksonville, he rushed for 8,071 yards and 68 touchdowns on 1,804 carries. The three-time Pro Bowler led the league in rushing in 2011 with 1,606 yards.

Jones-Drew says he plans to pursue a career in broadcasting.

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Jaguars Claim Bernard Pierce Off Waivers

IStockPhoto/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed running back Bernard Pierce off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens, who cut the fourth-year player following his DUI arrest on Wednesday.

Pierce rushed for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns in his four-year career with the Ravens, including 532 yards as a rookie in 2012 to help the Ravens win the Super Bowl.

He was supposed to split time with Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro in 2014 after Ray Rice was suspended. However, he was benched in the season opener for fumbling and eventually lost the job to Forsett, who ran for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Jaguars did not release a statement regarding Pierce other than announcing that they had claimed him off waivers. General manager David Caldwell was unable to be reached for comment.

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Former Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew Announces Retirement

NFL via Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- After nine seasons in the NFL, three-time Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement on his official Twitter account on Thursday.

“All good things come to an end!!!” Jones-Drew wrote, followed by a longer tweet. “After much discussion with my family and business team during this offseason, I’ve decided to retire from the National Football League. The past 9 years were absolutely amazing! I’ll be forever grateful to the countless people who have assisted me throughout my NFL journey. To my fans, and NFL fans worldwide, you are the absolute greatest! But for you, our league would not exist. Football has been a central part of my life for the past 24 years. But, now I’m excited about and looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”

Jones-Drew was originally selected out of UCLA by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. In 114 regular-season games with Jacksonville, he rushed for 8,071 yards and 68 touchdowns. He also had 335 receptions for 2,873 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Jones-Drew spent last season with the Oakland Raiders, where he rushed for 96 yards on 43 carries.

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Jaguars Hire Greg Olson as Offensive Coordinator

IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE) -- Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley named Greg Olson as the new offensive coordinator on Wednesday. He’ll take over for the fired Jeff Fisch.

Olson has spent the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator with the Raiders. This past season, Oakland ranked 32nd in rushing and 26th in passing. With rookie quarterback Derek Carr under center, he passed for 3,270 yards with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

“Gus and I spent a lot of time together over the last week as I learned about his vision and the culture he has established in Jacksonville,” Olson said in a statement. “It’s easy to see that everybody in the organization is moving in the same direction and committed to getting better. We will work diligently as a staff to develop our players and play to their strengths. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

The Jaguars' offense in 2014 ranked 21st in rushing and 31st in passing. 

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Doug Marrone Joins Jacksonville as Assistant Head Coach

Banana Stock/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Former Bills head coach Doug Marrone is heading to the Jacksonville Jaguars to become an assistant head coach and offensive line coach.

The 50-year-old Marrone opted out of his contract with Buffalo on New Year’s Eve after spending two seasons roaming the sidelines, where he compiled a record of 15-17. He will receive his entire salary of $4 million for the 2015 season from the Bills because the team changed ownership during his tenure.

Marrone previously served as an offensive line coach with the New York Jets (2002-2005) and New Orleans Saints (2006-08). He became head coach at his alma mater, Syracuse, in 2009, leading the Orange to a 25-25 record in four seasons and two victories in the Pinstripe Bowl.

The Jaguars allowed an NFL-high and franchise-record 71 sacks last season.

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Report: Raiders Close to Hiring Jack Del Rio

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders are closing in on Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their next head coach, reports ESPN.

Del Rio interviewed for the job on Tuesday night with owner Mark Davis, general manager Reggie McKenzie, and former Raiders coach John Madden, ESPN also reports.

Del Rio was the head coach at Jacksonville from 2003 to 2011 and guided the Jaguars to two postseason appearances during that time.

Tony Sparano, their current interim head coach, is also a finalist for the job.  Sparano took over the team after they fired Dennis Allen earlier this year.

The Raiders have failed to make the playoffs since their Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season.

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Jaguars' Sen'Derrick Marks Rips the Pro Bowl Voting Process

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks is one of the better defensive tackles in the NFL, which is why he's left questioning the NFL as to why he wasn't named to the Pro Bowl.

Now in his sixth season, Marks is having a career year. In 15 games, Marks has 42 tackles and 8.5 sacks, the second most by an interior lineman in the NFL.

Even though Marks was voted in as an alternate, he feels it still taints the process for him.

"I won't hold it in high regards like I used to," he said. "I don't get it. I don't understand it. It's more reputation than based on what you did on the field that season. It's a political thing. It shows that the NFL is all about money. It's not about players and their performances."

It could be possible that Marks was held back due to the fact that he plays for the 3-12 Jaguars, and fan voting makes up one-third of the ballot.

Marks did add if he does wind up getting invited to the game, he would participate.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars 21 (3-12) – Tennessee Titans 13 (2-13)

NBA: Chicago Bulls 103 (16-9) – New York Knicks 97 (5-23)

New Orleans Pelicans 99 (13-12) – Houston Rockets 90 (19-6)

Milwaukee Bucks 108 (14-13) - Sacramento Kings 107 (11-15)

Golden State Warriors 114 (22-3) - Oklahoma City Thunder 109 (12-14)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Duke 66 (10-0) – Connecticut 56 (4-4)

(6) Virginia 70 (10-0) – Cleveland State 54 (5-6)

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes 4 (9-19-3; 21pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (19-10-3; 41pts)

Florida Panthers 2 (14-8-8; 36pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (11-14-6; 28pts) SO

Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (21-6-4; 46pts) – Colorado Avalanche 0 (10-13-8; 28pts) OT

Washington Capitals 5 (15-10-6; 36pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (13-15-3; 29pts) OT

Anaheim Ducks 2 (22-7-5; 49pts) – Montreal Canadiens 1 (20-11-2; 42pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (18-11-4, 40pts) - Edmonton Oilers 3 (7-20-6, 20pts)

Los Angeles Kings 6 (16-11-6, 38pts) - St. Louis Blues 4 (21-9-2, 44pts)

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