Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Well-Paid Brackens No Money Player

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Well-Paid Brackens No Money Player

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

A knee-impaired Tony Brackens received no credible offers in free agency, so he returned to the Jaguars and was given a $300,000 signing bonus. That brings Brackens' total in guaranteed money from the Jaguars to more than $20 million, despite making it to just one Pro Bowl.

So, basically, Brackens has been to the Jaguars' front office what the Jaguars are to the city of Jacksonville -- a handout waiting to happen. With the 29-year-old defensive end again nursing a knee injury, he has put on pads for just a couple of practices and is basically the second-highest paid assistant coach on Jack Del Rio's staff.

With Brackens sidelined for tonight's preseason game against the Miami Dolphins and who knows how much longer, you have to question if the Jaguars' career sack leader has another comeback left in him. The Jaguars were foolish to commit a $13 million signing bonus to Brackens in 2000, an investment that he has never come close to matching in terms of production.

The Jaguars under both Tom Coughlin and Del Rio have given Brackens the red carpet treatment. Even for a team desperate for pass-rush help, it might be time to pull the rug from under Brackens. He's no longer a money player. Except when it comes time to cash another Jaguars' paycheck. . . .

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