You have probably heard that Amit Patel has been accused of allegedly embezzling $22 million from the Jacksonville Jaguars during the five-year period he worked for them, beginning in 2018. He reportedly used the team's virtual credit card program to make several purchases and he's been charged with two counts: wire fraud and illegal monetary transaction.
While this is important news, it's not the kind that leaves room for conjecture or speculation. On the other hand, it does raise the question, who's been the biggest bank robber in team history, meaning who got paid but didn't produce and promptly left Jacksonville with big bags of cash?
There are many worthy candidates but five separate themselves from the bunch for a myriad of reasons. With that in mind, here are the biggest "thieves" in Jaguars history. But first a few honorable mentions:
Jerry Porter "WR), Kassim Osgood (WR), Jared Odrick (DE), Andrew Norwell (LG)
5. Aaron Ross, CB (3 yrs., $9.75 M)
Cornerback Aaron Ross may be the most unremarkable player on this list but he makes up for it by being blatantly shameless. Ross won the Super Bowl twice as a member of the New York Giants. While that's a feat many players would love to accomplish, he wasn't a feature character like Eli Manning and instead played more of a complementary role. Sure, he was a starter for those teams but he won't probably be the first player that comes to mind when you think of those Giants teams.
Still, the Jaguars thought Ross would be a good addition to their secondary, so they gave him a three-year deal worth $9.75 million in 2012. Almost right away they realized their mistake and they released him the following year.
Ross returned to the Big Apple in 2013 and didn't waste time saying something to the effect of having been on vacation during his short stint in Jacksonville. You have to hand it to him, at least he was honest. However, it would've been nicer if he had reimbursed the Jags for these "paid vacations", as he called them. He would later apologize for his original comment but he had already burned a proverbial bridge by then.