JACKSONVILLE – Beware the Ides of March has a Jacksonville Jaguar tag on it now after March Madness produced two significant trades and a franchise tag on the teams’ roster.
In one of the biggest free agent moves in the NFL, longtime New England Patriot quarterback and Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, 43, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New Orleans Saints sent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the Carolina Panthers.
Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue avoided free agency prospective moves by being labeled the teams’ franchise player, according to Jaguars Writer John Oehser, in a March 13 column on Jaguars.com.
Ngakoue will be required to sign a contract solidifying the franchise tag on him. Ngakoue was a 2016 third round draft selection by the Jaguars and has put up 37.5 sacks in his four season with a Jaguars rookie record of eight in his rookie campaign.
With 12 in 2017 as his career season best, Ngakoue posted sack totals of 9.5 and 8.0 for 2018, 2019 respectively. Ngakoue has 36 career tackles with four sacks and one interception.
As for March Madness, veteran defensive end Calais Campbell, nicknamed the “Mayor of Sacksonville” for his All-Pro status of play from the corner was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, while quarterback Nick Foles, who got on the field sparingly last year after an injury in game one against Kansas City, has been sent to the Chicago Bears.
In a Yahoo sports video posted March 17, Campbell admitted he has always been a Ravens fan.
“The first time I said, Calais Campbell with the Baltimore Ravens, if sounded kind of nice,” said Campbell, who has 88 sacks from his 2008 rookie season with the St. Louis Cardinals and his Jaguars career that started in 2017 when Campbell had a career-best 14.5 sacks. “I’ve always been a Ravens fan with Ray Lewis (MLB and also a former University of Miami graduate).”
Campbell, 34, and a five-time Pro Bowler, was reportedly traded for a 2020 fifth-round pick.
Foles, entangled in a fan support battled with popular rooker Gardner Minshew, who filled in for Foles, the Super Bowl MVP from the Philadelphia Eagles who came in with an $88 million trade after his Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.
Foles, was traded in exchange for Chicago’s compensatory pick in the fourth round, a 140th pick. Foles will battled with starter Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 pick for the Bears in 2017.
Foles does have connect with the Bears wtih head coach Matt Nagy an offensive coach for the Eagels in 2012 and Kansas City in 2016 when Foles was on both rosters. The Bears current offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was the Eagles’ offensive coach in 2013 when Foles made his only Pro Bowl appearance.
Foles accumulated just 736 yards passing with three scores and two interception for the Jaguars after getting 1413 yards and seven scores with four interceptions in 2018 for the Eagles. Foles’ best season was 2013 for the Eagles with 2,891 yards, 27 scores and just two interceptions. The Eagles finished 10-6 after a 4-1t 2 2012 season, clinched the NFC East title, and lost in the Wild Card to New Orleans.
In 2013, Michael Vick led the Eagles until an injury put Foles in the lineup.