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Do I think he'll take the money?

Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Corey from Rochester, NY:
Hi, Vic, how are you doing? I was wondering if I can ask two questions: First, what player are the Jaguars trying to get in the upcoming draft? Second, are the Jaguars interested in Keyshawn Johnson?

Vic: "Best available" and "that's a good question." I've heard that "Shack" Harris has a high opinion of Keyshawn Johnson.

Mark from Preston, MO:
In the last edition of "Ask Vic," you said the Arizona Cardinals have the cap room to give Peyton Manning the money he wants. Do you really think Manning will sacrifice the benefit of playing for a winner in order to get more money?

Vic: You're kidding, right? Mark, Dallas and Baltimore also have the salary cap room to take a run at Peyton Manning, and I have absolutely no doubt he'll take the best offer.

Scott from Blakely, GA:
We can't live without your "Ask Vic" column. How often will you post in the offseason? This is our only treat in this down time. Please keep posting, for our sanity.

Vic: I intend to keep it going on a daily basis, but I get these things called "vacation days," and I'm going to use them.

Shaun from Jacksonville:
I love your column. The fact that you actually read all of the questions is also encouraging. My question is about compensation for making it to the Pro Bowl, playoffs and Super Bowl. Where does the compensation come from? TV revenue, the league or from individual teams? If a team has to pay the compensation, does it count as a hit against its salary cap?

Vic: Postseason compensation is paid by the league and it does not count against the salary cap of the player's team.

Greg from Raleigh, NC:
Vic, any chance in David Garrard getting out of that foreseeable black hole otherwise known as Jacksonville this offseason? It sure would be nice to see him get traded to someone who could actually make use of his talents. When looking around the league, I can't begin to name the number of teams on which he would realistically have a shot at starting. If not this year, when?

Vic: David Garrard has two years remaining on his Jaguars contract. The team very much likes having the kind of depth Garrard offers them at football's most important position. If the Jaguars receive an attractive trade offer from another team, I would expect them to take the deal. If that doesn't happen, then Garrard will enter unrestricted free agency for the 2006 season.

Rob from St. Augustine, FL:
If a player is selected to the Pro Bowl but doesn't go because he's injured, and another player goes for him, is the injured player credited for having been to the Pro Bowl?

Vic: A player selected to play in the Pro Bowl receives Pro Bowl credit – if he has that incentive in his contract he gets the money – even if he doesn't play in it. But he doesn't get the game pay. A player not selected to play in the Pro Bowl but who plays in the game as an alternate for an injured player, receives game pay and Pro Bowl credit, which means he would also qualify for incentive money in his contract. Dan Marino was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, but only played in two.

J.T. from Jacksonville:
You've ignored my three most recent questions and I can't figure out why. Perhaps, they are not of any interest to you? Nevertheless, I still read and I'm entertained by your column, even if your responses are a bit harsh, occasionally. Here's hoping you'll answer this question: What is a "redshirt" designation for a college football player?

Vic: A "redshirt" player may practice with the team but he will not have spent a year of eligibility as long as he doesn't play in a game. College football players are allowed four years of playing eligibility in a five-year period, provided there are no extenuating circumstances. In other words, a college football player is permitted four years of playing and one year of not playing. The term "redshirt" is over 40 years old. Don't hold me to this one, but I think the term "redshirt" is the result of such players having worn red shirts during practice. They were the "scout team." Giving a player a "redshirt" year is seen as a way of maturing him; allowing him to get his feet on the ground academically and athletically before he begins burning eligibility. But when the idea was first created – freshman were not eligible in those days – it was seen as a shady way of aging players beyond their class standing.

David from Middleburg, FL:
You mentioned in a previous post that you have increased expectations for next season. Are you thinking about playoff contention, Super Bowl contention, or are you waiting until the draft to set that level?

Vic: I expect the Jaguars to be a playoff contender next season.

Brandon from Jacksonville:
Vic, I have a wild question. What are the consequences for bad officiating? For example, in the Lions game when tails was called and the official said heads was called.

Vic: Officials who make mistakes get fired.

George from Drummonds, TN:
I know a half can not end on a defensive penalty. How about a quarter? Love your work.

Vic: A quarter can't end on a defensive penalty. The same is true for tax returns. However, marriages have been known to end on a defensive foul.

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