Former FB Greg Jones promoted to Scouting Associate

Greg Jones on the sidelines.

Greg Jones, the Jaguars fullback from 2004-2013, has been promoted from a coaching intern to scouting associate.  Jones played in 115 games over his 9-year career with the Jaguars, amassing 910 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns.  Jones was drafted in the 2nd round out of Florida State.

@Tdickman89 – Tad Dickman

Credit to Paul Robinson for the photo.

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Jaguars sign OL Patrick Omameh

Patrick Omameh is heading to Jacksonville.  The four-year veteran lineman has played football for the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Chicago Bears.  Omameh started all 16 games for the Bucs in 2014, then signed with Chicago prior to the start of last season.

Omameh is a very athletic interior lineman, but lacks the strength that many teams desire on the inside. This is purely a depth signing for the Jaguars, but the former Michigan Wolverine could end up seeing some time at right guard.

The loser of the left tackle starting job (Kelvin Beachum vs. Luke Joeckel) will likely occupy one of the guard spots, while 2nd-year OL A.J. Cann projects to start at the other.

Allen Hurns’ contract extended 4 years

The Jacksonville Jaguars have locked up part of their promising, young offense today.  The Jaguars signed 3rd-year wide receiver, Allen Hurns, to a 4-year contract extension.  The deal is believed to be worth $40 million, with about half of that being guaranteed money.

Because Hurns was an undrafted free agent in 2014, the two sides were able to negotiate a new deal.  The Jaguars jumped on the opportunity to re-sign Hurns before the market explodes.  The NFL’s salary cap is on a huge rise, and the prices of contracts will just continue to soar.  Had Hurns been considered a draftee, he wouldn’t have been eligible to negotiate a deal until next season.

This deal makes Allen Hurns one of the top 10-highest paid receivers in the league (2017-2020), a number than many may scoff at.  However, the former UDFA certainly deserves a pay raise.  In 2015, he recorded a 64/1,031/10 line, averaging 16.1 yards per catch.

Hurns has been a big part of Blake Bortles’ rise in the league.  I believe the Jaguars made a wise decision to lock up Hurns before the next big wave of contracts comes in.  A lot of receivers around the league will be delighted to hear news of the Hurns deal, especially Hurns’ teammate Allen Robinson.  Robinson is due for a big-time raise next season, after he completes the 3rd year of his rookie deal.

Thank you to Keith Allison for the featured image.