The picture above is what I feel like every time I see a "report" that the Jacksonville Jaguarsare for sale. I took that one in the car on my way back from Qdoba (chicken nachos, what what). SI.com's Tony Pauline reports that the Jaguars are 'stripped for sale' today.
Have a couple of hundred million dollars lying around and want to buy an NFL franchise? Well the Jacksonville Jaguars may be available soon. For all the past speculation that the team will eventually move out of the northeast Florida city, comes word from a source close to the franchise that the team has been "stripped for sale." They point to the fact that all the coaches are under one year contracts and many of the employer offered benefits Jacksonville gave to their employees were recently cut off.
It's that time of year since everyone is gathered in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. It's the "The Jaguars are for sale because of X". Last year it was because of the poor ticket sales, which were resolved. The previous year it was because Wayne Weaver wanted to move the team to Los Angeles. The year before it was because Wayne Weaver was looking for a minority owner (which a plethora of NFL franchises have) to shoulder some of the financial burden.
Well, it looks like once again someone put their degree in rocket science to work and made sure 1 + 1 = 3. As Tony Pauline connects, the team is "ready for sale" because the coaches are all on one year contracts, which is off the bat incorrect. Jack Del Rio has two years remaining, but I'm not going to roast Tony Pauline over that. However, did anyone report the Carolina Panthers were "stripped for sale" last off-season at the NFL Combine?
No, they did not, despite the fact that the Carolina Panthers were in the same predicament.
Pauline then cites the fact that "They point to the fact that all the coaches are under one year contracts and many of the employer offered benefits Jacksonville gave to their employees were recently cut off."
Well, again Pauline is incorrect. Unless the statue of limitations on the phrase "recently cut off" has an entirely different meaning than I think it does. The Jacksonville Jaguars joined 15 other NFL franchises last off-season in cutting pension benefits. Teams joining the Jaguars in opting out of said plan include the likes of the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, and the Indianapolis Colts.
Oh yeah, and the Jaguars recently spent millions on planned stadium upgrades.
The fact of the matter is, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver is looking to sell the franchise at some point. This is not a secret, to anyone. Wayne Weaver has said this himself. Reporting this as "news" is akin to me reporting that the sky is blue and water is wet. It's carelessly thrown around as if it's some breaking news story every off-season at the same time every year. Maybe Tony Pauline's source was a news paper left in Lucas Oil Stadium from February of 2010.