The Jaguars have done pretty well in the draft in recent years, but the jury is still out on the third overall pick from three years ago. And so the Jaguars admit they’ve yet to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive end Dante Fowler‘s contract. At a Friday pre-draft press conference, Jaguars G.M. Dave Caldwell said that the team has not yet made that decision, adding that they still have until early May to exercise the option. The option would trigger a $14.2 million salary for 2019, guaranteed for injury until the first day of the next league year, when it would become fully guaranteed. As noted by Philip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union, the final decision may hinge on whether the Jaguars secure an edge rusher in the draft. Even if they don’t, the Jaguars may be unwilling to roll the dice on potentially owing Fowler $14.2 million if he suffers an injury at some point this year that keeps him from passing a physical before next March. “I thought he had a nice year [in 2017],” Caldwell said regarding Fowler. “He’s 23 years old, only in his second year full-time playing. He made great strides; not only on the field but off the field, too. Fowler tore an ACL during rookie minicamp in 2015, only days after he was picked. He had four sacks in 2016 and eight in 2017.
Jaguars haven’t made a decision yet on Dante Fowler’s option
Pro Football Talk | Apr 22