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Get rid of him

Join senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Charlie from Neptune Beach, FL:
Can you explain the story in the paper on Wednesday? If the Jaguars sell 90 percent of the club seats, I'm assuming the city buys nothing, correct?

Vic: It's not that simple, so let's start at the top. The "90 percent" proposal to which you are referring is a response from the city in its negotiations with the Jaguars to alter the lease between the team and the city. One of the Jaguars' proposals is that they will guarantee $1.85 million to the city in Alltel Stadium naming rights. The "90 percent" counter proposal by the city actually deals more with the Jaguars' naming rights guarantee than it does with club seats. Here's how it would work: If the Jaguars are unable to provide a stadium naming rights sponsor and club seat sales are at less than 90 percent capacity, the city would waive the $1.85 million naming rights guarantee. That's what the "90 percent" proposal is all about. It's about the naming rights guarantee the Jaguars are offering.

Leonard from White Hall, AR:
What do you think of Matt Jones' new haircut?

Vic: I think it says a lot about Matt Jones' easy-going personality that he would allow his veteran teammates to do something as radical as shave his head. I will tell you, however, that I am not a fan of hazing, no matter how good-natured or fun-loving it is. I'm not speaking for anyone but myself, but I really don't like it. If I was a 5-10, 180-pound defensive back, I guess I'd have no choice but to smile and watch my hair hit the floor. But if I was big enough and tough enough to stand my ground, nobody would lay a hand on my head, nor would I carry anybody's uniform or buy chicken for the plane ride. In my opinion, hazing is childish and demeaning. I don't want it done to me and I have too much respect for people to do it to someone else.

Paul from Jacksonville:
Is Seth Marler eligible for the practice squad? Does he have any value in a possible trade?

Vic: Seth Marler is not eligible for the practice squad and I doubt he has any trade value. Teams wanting a kicker usually just sit and wait for the final cuts. That doesn't mean I don't have a high regard for Marler. I think he has genuine potential to be a long-term kicker in this league. This is a head-to-head battle for the kicking job and unless one of the two guys gets hurt or something outrageous happens, somebody gotta go. That has always been the charm of NFL training camps. They are personal battle grounds.

Will from Philadelphia, PA:
I just read on a Philadelphia news website that T.O. left the Eagles and training camp after a fight with coach Andy Reid after Owens didn't sign autographs for fans. I am curious to know how you feel about all this T.O. drama and what steps do you think the Eagles should take now in handling a player like T.O.

Vic: The first steps the Eagles should take is not to have traded for him in the first place. I said it in the beginning when everybody was asking me if the Jaguars should sign Terrell Owens, when it appeared he would become a free agent. I said no. I don't care how good a guy is, I don't want that kind of distraction on my football team. Owens wants the spotlight to shine only on him. He has an insatiable appetite for attention and that's not the thing of which strong teams are made. I can remember thinking to myself last season, when Owens was badgering Donovan McNabb up and down the sideline in Pittsburgh, that McNabb was going to lose it and swing at the guy. I don't know how McNabb kept his cool. I really respect the fact that he did. Owens is a threat to topple the Eagles' carefully built and beautifully structured house of cards. They can't turn the clock back and not trade for the guy, but, in my opinion, they should get rid of him immediately. Whatever it takes, get him out. The way his contract is structured provides the flexibility to do so. He only represents $383,000 in amortization on this year's cap, and the Eagles would realize a $3.25 million salary savings on their cap. Because his contract was structured so beautifully, the Eagles would only have to eat $1.5 million in "dead money" on him in 2006 and they'd be done with him. Look at it this way: The Eagles signed Owens to put the team over the top in the NFC title game, which the Eagles had lost three years in a row. Well, Owens didn't even play in the NFC title game and the Eagles won. Wide receivers are a dime a dozen. Go find another one.

Robby from Jacksonville:
Well, we've almost made it to next season; I might have been done for without this column. One thing that jumps out at me regarding the schedule for the upcoming season is the first seven games. We play in Indianapolis, in New York, in Pittsburgh and in St. Louis. At first this made me nervous, but after giving it a lot of thought I realized that it really shouldn't. Good teams win big games, right? So regardless of who you play, if you're a legit contender for the playoffs or for the Super Bowl, you should get the win. I was curious as to where you see the Jaguars being as far as wins and losses going into week eight?

Vic: I like your attitude. Yes, I agree that legitimate postseason teams should be expected to beat other postseason contenders. I'd like to think the Jaguars can win five of those first seven games. I think that's a fair expectation for a playoff contender.

Sean from Jacksonville:
I just read Byron Leftwich's comments that the offense is not struggling and anyone who thinks it is doesn't know football. I read you every day and hear about drop balls and that it was a cheap penalty that gave them the score in the scrimmage. Your thoughts on this please.

Vic: I asked Byron Leftwich the question about whether or not criticism of the offense is fair or unfair because, frankly, I don't know the answer. Clearly, the defense has been victorious in every practice I've seen. By the same token, the offense has executed impressive plays from time to time in every practice and in the scrimmage, too. I like Leftwich's answer. I think it's important for the quarterback, the leader of the offense, to come to the defense of his unit. That's the big thing. He showed me some verve and I like verve.

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