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No room to add significant salary

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

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Tyler B. Daniels from Cottondale, FL:**
My question is, why haven't I heard the Jaguars name as one of the teams interested in trading for Cade McNown? If we trade for him, we could save money by releasing Jamie Martin because Cade has a low base salary but is filled with incentives that, being a backup, won't be fulfilled, especially behind Mark Brunell. Also, doing so the Jags will have another lefty, considering our offensive line is used to having a lefty on the field to protect. Wouldn't that be a good thing to do?

Vic: Your information is correct. Cade McNown's base salary, $389,000, is the minimum wage for a third-year player. His amortization remains with the Bears, which means McNown would be an attractive acquisition for a team who believes his future can be re-claimed. The Bears are attempting to trade McNown, so the issue becomes: Is he worth what the Bears want for him? My answer to that question would be influenced greatly by reports out of Chicago that McNown is disliked by his teammates. Through two seasons, McNown has been as bad in the locker room as he has been on the field. That brings you to the next question: What's wrong with him and why would I want to bring those problems onto my team?

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Jason Proios from Long Island, NY:
In light of Tony Boselli's recent injury scare, lights and sirens should be going off in Tom Coughlin's head. If he had been seriously hurt, the season would be looking grim. This team needs another quality veteran lineman or two. Is there any way to clear cap room for this by cutting some of the veteran backups? There are cheaper players such as Randal Williams and Damon Gibson far outperforming the likes of R. Jay Soward and Alvis Whitted. Is there any chance Coughlin will ditch a few drafted projects in favor of some undrafted producers, in order to sign a veteran offensive lineman or defensive end?

Vic: The Jaguars have limited ability to acquire salary cap room by cutting veteran players. For example, Carnell Lake, Jamie Martin, Jonathan Quinn and Alvis Whitted would yield a combined gain of just over a million dollars, if they were replaced on the roster by rookies making minimum wage and without signing bonuses. In the majority of cases, the release of a veteran player would result in the acceleration of his amortization, which would worsen the Jaguars' salary cap situation. For example, releasing R. Jay Soward would devastate the Jaguars' salary cap if he was claimed by another team. Because Soward is a non-vested veteran, the pre-June rule applies, which means the Jaguars would have to "eat" all of Soward's $1.6 million remaining bonus amortization this season, if they cut him and he was claimed by another team. Signing veterans of any salary significance is not an option for this team.

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Richard Lamkin from Baltimore, MD:**
Four of us are coming down for the Ravens-Jags game in Nov. Do you think we'll be able to get tickets that weekend at the box office? We are staying downtown for a couple of days, but we don't have tickets, yet.

Vic: Why not buy them now? Odds are there will be tickets available the week of the game, but you might be taking a chance if you wait until that weekend.

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Mark Kroes from Tipton, CA: **
After training camp ends, what is the normal weekly agenda? Also, what defines training camp from practice?

Vic: Training camp is merely a distinction that defines that time when players are housed as a team for a period of time when the practice and meeting regimen is intense. A normal regular-season practice schedule following a Sunday game would have the players meet Monday morning to review tape of the previous game and make corrections in a brief early-afternoon practice; Tuesday would be their off day; Wednesday would begin preparation for the next game with morning meetings and a rigorous afternoon practice; Thursday and Friday would be the same; Saturday would include a light, walk-through type of practice, before going to the hotel or boarding a plane.

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Vic Ketchman is the Senior Editor of Jaguars Inside Report, the official team newspaper of the Jacksonville Jaguars. One-year subscriptions may be purchased by calling 1-888-846-5247.

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