With Training Camp Looming, the Jaguars and Justin Blackmon have reportedly entered more serious negotiations to get a deal done. Unlike years past there is really no incentive for a rookie to holdout on signing a contract and skipping camp. And without a contract, the player can’t participate in training camp.
Blackmon and the Jaguars both have a heavy incentive to get a deal in place as soon as possible. Signing Blackmon will make the Jaguars look like they know how to negotiate well with talent (unlike the Adam Podlesh fiasco last offseason) and will set them up for success by making sure that one of Blaine Gabbert’s new toys is participating and developing in a new offense. Blackmon also has an incentive as he needs to show that he is committed to the game more than just the money. As much as we all like Blackmon, his DUI made the Jaguars and the league think twice before moving forward. Getting a deal done and getting into camp is a good way to show his commitment.
The offset clause is the main sticking point between the two sides (supposedly) but I’m assuming that the team is not trying to “stick it” to Blackmon in their negotiations. I trust that the two sides will come together quickly. It should be beneficial to both sides to get it done soon. I hope that we can see it as a step moving forward rather than a potential holdout and more bad press for the Jaguars front office.
– Luke N. Sims
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