Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brackens Won't Be in Camp Agent Says End Might Not Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brackens Won't Be in Camp Agent Says End Might Not Play

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Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive end Tony Brackens will not report with the rest of the team today for the start of training camp, and there's a chance he may not play at all this season.

"It looks bleak," Brackens' agent, Michael George, said yesterday. "He will not be in camp, and if you ask me now the odds of him being there at all, I'd say 'not good.' More and more, it's looking like he won't be playing for them."

George's comments came after negotiations with the team yesterday in an attempt to get Brackens signed before the Jaguars officially open camp tomorrow at Ferrell Fields. The team has designated Brackens as a franchise player, which means his options now are to sign a one-year tender for $4.2 million, get a multi-year deal or sit out the season.

George would not comment on the numbers that he is seeking or what the Jaguars are offering, but he said he is looking for "fair-market value." That would be in the neighborhood of $7 to $8 million, based on deals signed by defensive ends Mike McCrary (Baltimore) and Mike Strahan (Giants) last season. The Jaguars are believed to be offering in the $5.5 to $6 million range.

"It certainly isn't fair-market value," George said. "They haven't come close to fair-market value."

George said Brackens, who is at his home in Texas, is prepared to sit out the season if he is forced to do so.

"That is something he is ready to do," George said.

The Jaguars have started to make some alternate plans in case Brackens isn't signed. One such plan would be to sign former Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Eric Swann, who visited with the team Tuesday.

Swann was in Denver yesterday to visit with the Broncos, and the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears also are interested. Swann is expected to make his decision today or tomorrow. The Jaguars have discussed a contract with Swann, who passed the team's physical despite arthritic knees that have undergone seven knee surgeries. …

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