We’ll open this week’s Fabulous Four with a word on Aaron Kampman, the defensive end released by the Jaguars Thursday. No surprise, considering he played just three games last season after missing the last half of his first Jaguars season – 2010 – with a knee injury. Kampman’s signing has been criticized throughout much of the last year, understandably so because he played just 11 games after signing a multi-year contract with the Jaguars in the 2010 off-season. I have been asked often if I considered Kampman a bust, and was asked again Thursday.
In this piece about salary cap room, John Clayton shares some detail that’s quite positive for the AFC South. Clayton addresses the remaining cap room in 2012, but even more interesting are the numbers for next year. Contracts for their remaining 2012 unsigned draft picks will still factor into these numbers.
In my 18 years of covering the Jaguars, no player has matured and developed at a more prodigious rate than Fred Taylor. Furthermore, few have been willing to be so brutally honest or make the tough part of their lives an open book like the franchise’s greatest running back. For those reasons, Taylor is an ideal candidate to counsel Justin Blackmon as he goes about the process of trying to bounce back from an aggravated DUI charge.
In the wake of his aggravated DUI arrest last Sunday, Jaguars first-round pick Justin Blackmon has millions of reasons to play well and avoid problems in the future. But it’s not the first contract he figures to sign that is most at risk if the receiver doesn’t put this incident behind him. It’s future contracts that have the potential to include mega-dollars.