Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer


On Day 3 of the Jimmy Smith holdout, the two sides still appeared deadlocked.

"As far as I know there's nothing [new]," coach Tom Coughlin said.

The one thing the two sides appear to agree on is that Smith should be one of the league's highest-paid receivers.

The problem is that the NFL contracts tend to be so complicated and backloaded that it's sometimes a matter of debate just how much the best receivers make.

Several top receivers, including Keyshawn Johnson, Isaac Bruce, Eric Moulds, Rod Smith and Joey Galloway, have received deals in recent years ranging from six to eight years that average $6 million or more over the entire length of the contract.

But those receivers may not actually make that much because the money at the end of the deals isn't guaranteed and they could wind up making a lower average.

The Jaguars have tried to keep Smith among the highest-paid receivers. He has made $16.7 million the last four years for an average of $4.17 million a year.

Smith was under contract to make $13.7 million in that span, but Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver decided to give him $3 million more -- $1 million in 2000 and $2 million in 2001-- because Weaver felt Smith had outplayed his contract.

The Jaguars again appear willing to boost his salary above the $2.75 million base salary he's under contract to earn this year.

The two sides, though, have yet to agree how big the boost should be this year.


When Smith was in camp last year, he didn't do much in the first two weeks because he was recovering from offseason surgery.

Coughlin, though, doesn't feel that means Smith can miss camp indefinitely and still be effective this year.

"There'll be a point where Jimmy has to be in here in order to perform the way he's capable of performing," Coughlin said. …

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