The Miami Dolphins have reportedly pulled the transition tag on pass rusher Olivier Vernon, making him a free agent immediately, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Dolphins have pulled the transition tag on LB/DE on Olivier Vernon, per source. Now a free agent. Will command big dollars.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
With the transition tag pulled, Vernon is now under the rules of every other free agent in that the "legal tampering" rule now applies to him. The Jaguars can now approach him.
A league source spoke to Big Cat Country on Wednesday morning confirming that Vernon would be the Jaguars' top priority in free agency, but that's also painfully obvious. The Oakland Raiders reportedly reached an agreement with Bruce Irvin in a shock move on Tuesday evening, but according to sources the Jaguars weren't pursuing Irvin that aggressively. There was interest between the two sides, but the Jaguars weren't as willing to open up the checkbook for the linebacker in the manner that the Raiders were.
If and when the Jaguars make a move on Vernon, we'll let you know.