Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer


Mark Brunell refuses to get caught up in any speculation about his future, saying that he expects to be the Jaguars' quarterback in 2003 under new coach Jack Del Rio until he's led to believe something different.

"My stance is this is my team," Brunell said yesterday. "I'm approaching it as if I'm the quarterback of this team. I'm not going to worry about it. I won't allow any of those thoughts to be a factor."

Brunell's salary next season is $8 million, but if the Jaguars were to trade or release him, they would save $4 million on their 2003 salary cap. Owner Wayne Weaver has publicly stated that he feels Brunell "gives us the best chance to win" next year, but also said that decision will be up to Del Rio and the yet-to-be-named personnel director.

On Monday, Brunell, who is signed through 2004, talked with Del Rio about his impending hire of Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator, but there was no definitive talk about Brunell's status.

"I talked to him and I'd say I don't feel any more or less comfortable [about his future with the team],'' Brunell said. ''If there's a decision to be made, they'll probably be talking about those things. I've made it clear that I want to be here. But this is business.

"I'm going to spend as much time as I can with Jack and Bill to prepare for the upcoming season. The pieces are in places for us to turn it around."


After the unexpected pullout of Phil Savage over the weekend for the Jaguars' personnel post, the team put in a courtesy call to the Ravens to ask permission to speak with pro personnel director James Harris again about the job.

Paul Vance, the Jaguars' senior vice-president of football operations, confirmed that the team may want to have a second interview with Harris. Ravens' spokesman Kevin Byrne said Harris was non-committal at this point about whether that follow-up interview would take place. The Baltimore Sun reported that Harris will interview for the Seattle Seahawks' general manager job Friday. …

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