In a deal that was first outlined by Wayne Weaver on a hotel napkin, Shahid Khan became the sole owner of the Jaguars at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday when an electronic wire transfer of funds was completed. In this digital age, no checks were written when the ownership was transferred from Weaver, the team's founding owner and his partners, to Khan.
Ownership of the Jacksonville Jaguars was transferred today from Wayne and Delores Weaver and their partners to Shahid Khan. The Weavers had owned the franchise since its inception in 1993. Wayne Weaver and Khan signed an agreement on Nov. 29 to sell the team.
Blaine Gabbert’s short-term plan is simple – and pretty understandable, too. "Rest," he said. But while that’s the short term, the Jaguars’ quarterback said the plan after that – the one entering his first full NFL off-season – is as simple, and certainly more important. The plan is for improvement, a plan that will begin as soon as possible.
Biggest surprise: The Jaguars added six new veterans to their lineup of top-12 defensive players and once the group jelled it played very productively. Jacksonville finished sixth in overall defense, making giant strides from 2010 and maintaining the gain even as it lost a load of quality contributors to injury. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who finished the season as interim coach after Jack Del Rio was fired, did good work in his first season as the defense's playcaller. Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny was the sort of centerpiece tackling machine the team envisioned when signing him away from Buffalo as a free agent.
Mike Sando’s final MVP Watch is out and you can peruse it here. If I had an MVP vote, I’d use it on Aaron Rodgers. If it was a three-deep ballot, mine would be Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Bob Leverone Maurice Jones-Drew had an MVP-caliber season despite Jacksonville's 5-11 record. Maurice Jones-Drew had a phenomenal season for the Jaguars. But Sando knocked him off his final list as he parted ways with players from losing teams. I don’t have an issue with that. I think MJD is incredibly valuable. No non-QB in the league accounted for nearly as large a percentage of his team's yards.