JACKSONVILLE FL - DECEMBER 12: Owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars Wayne Weaver smiles prior to the game against the Oakland Raiders at EverBank Field on December 12 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
I feel the need to post this because a lot of people have apparently gotten confused. Yesterday on his afternoon radio show in Jacksonville on 930 The Fox, Pete Prisco mentioned off-hand that Wayne Weaver was looking to sell the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prisco mention that he had heard that negotiations had already taken part, though the team denied it. He also made mention the fact that when the team is sold, it would very likely be to a person/group who's interest was to keep the franchise in Jacksonville, as Weaver would want. Prisco also likened the situation to when Art Modell sold the Baltimore Ravens, where the sale would be a transitional process of the course of a few years before Weaver would finally step down.
Bear in mind, the team according to Pete Prisco has denied all of this, naturally. Let's face it however, it's inevitable Wayne Weaver is going to sell the team sometime in the next 5-10 years. Weaver is currently 76 years old and in good health (as far as I know), but the talk has always been no one in the Weaver family wants to inherit the Jaguars. That means Weaver would have to find someone else to sell the franchise to. Fans seem to link the sale of the franchise to moving the franchise, however. These two things do not go hand in hand. The Jaguars are locked into a lease until the year 2027, and the only way to break the lease is for the team to endure 3 straight years of financial loss and a Duval county judge would have to approved the break of the lease. Simply put: Not going to happen.
So, while talk of selling the Jaguars seems worrisome, it doesn't necessarily mean the team is going to move. In fact, as Prisco mentioned, Weaver is looking to sell to a person/group who is passionate about keeping the team in town. Wayne Weaver doesn't want his legacy in the NFL to be that he failed in Jacksonville with a franchise. He wants it to be that he planted an NFL franchise seed and a passionate fan base sprouted.