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Jacksonville Jaguars Daily: A look back at the Jacksonville Bulls

The first professional football team in Jacksonville paved the way for the Jaguars.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here's your daily round up of Jacksonville Jaguars news, as well as your daily open thread.

How the Jacksonville Bulls paved the way for the Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE -- Northeast Florida's professional football dreams were nearly fumbled 30 years ago after a lawsuit, $3 and Donald Trump threatened to sack them. The United States Football League's (USFL) Jacksonville Bulls played in the old Gator Bowl from 1984-1985. The league folded in 1986, but left a lasting impact on the Jacksonville sports landscape.

State ranks Jaguars application for state funding second of four
The Jaguars' request for state tax dollars to help pay for upgrades at EverBank Field received the second-highest score among four applicants vying for funding. But with the bottom three teams all scoring within three points of each other, legislators may still find it difficult to decide how to parse out $7 million in funding among teams who have collectively requested $9 million.

Bengals, Cowboys, Falcons, Jags fits for talented, troubled Greg Hardy - CBSSports.com
Greg Hardy is a 26-year-old pass rusher -- which means he's just now entering his prime years -- and in his last full season he had 14 sacks for the Carolina Panthers. Those two numbers are the reasons why he's going to get paid by some team in free agency, even with the cloud of his recent off-field past hanging over his head.

New Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson focused on developing Blake Bortles | FOX Sports
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Greg Olson to replace Jedd Fisch as their offensive coordinator, it struck some people as strange on a couple of levels. A quarterbacks coach and assistant coach for the Jaguars when they went 2-14 in 2012, Olson was not retained by Gus Bradley as part of a staff where Fisch assumed a prominent role. Two years later, Olson returns to Jacksonville after two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, who ranked last in the NFL in both total offense and rushing offense in 2014.

Jaguars likely to target CB Byron Maxwell in free agency if Seattle can't afford him | jacksonville.com
Seattle general manager John Schneider said this week the Seahawks may have problems signing cornerback Byron Maxwell, which likely means the Jaguars will target him in free agency. Since the Jaguars have a lot of cap room and coach Gus Bradley is a good salesman and has the Seattle connection, the Jaguars should have a good shot at signing him. Last year, they signed two Seattle defensive linemen, Chris Clemons and Red Bryant.