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Jeff from Orange, CA

If you were general manager of the Jags, would you make a trade like that? Essentially giving up the rest of our draft except the first-round pick and paying huge bucks?

I not unexpectedly received multiple emails along these lines after the Miami Dolphins acquired Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill in trade Wednesday. No, I would not make a trade like that as the Jaguars' general manager this offseason because I don't know that they're close enough to contending to merit giving up five draft selections – and the accompanying salary – for one impact player. The Jaguars currently remain in a position in which they need to build the overall roster, maintain a solid salary-cap situation and have draft selections to acquire capable young players. Also: Despite the bum rush by many teams this offseason to mimic the Los Angeles Rams and make the "high-profile acquisition," I don't know that that approach necessarily will reap the rewards many observers assume will be the case. But that last part is the get-off-my-lawn old man in me. Bottom line: I think there will be a time the Jaguars strongly consider taking such an approach. I just don't see that time being this offseason.

Bradley from Kansas City, MO

Why is it rarely reported what the incentives in a player's contract are?

My guess is it's mostly because national media typically report stories regarding player contracts. That's because agents feed the prominent reporters contract information. The reporter typically gets the basic contract information – length, guaranteed money, total value – and moves on to the next story. The skim-the-surface nature of covering 32 teams makes it that way. Specifics regarding incentives aren't so much a secret as they are details that just sort of fall between the cracks.

Nathan from St. Augustine, FL

I never did believe the predictions that no quarterback would be taken in the top 10 of this year's draft. The position is too important, and as it gets closer, quarterbacks seem to rise fast on draft boards of teams without a franchise starter. Now I see mock drafts with Atlanta at No. 8 and maybe even Detroit at No. 2 drafting quarterback! My question is do you think the Jags would trade out of the top spot or want to draft their top-rated player at number 1?

I think the Jaguars absolutely would consider trade offers and trade out of the No. 1 position if the offer merited.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, do you think our running back situation is a bit risky given Robinson and Etienne are coming off injury?

This depends on where James Robinson (Achilles) and Travis Etienne Jr. (Lisfranc) are in their recovery, which means the team must listen and trust doctors. Both injuries are serious. Because they are lower leg/foot injuries, and because both players are running backs, they're particularly concerning. If the players aren't healthy, it's damned risky.

David from The Island

It's kind of easy to write an article like the one in The Athletic. Don't really quote anyone and have a bunch of secondhand hearsay. Maybe it's all true, maybe some of it's true, who knows? If I'm Meyer, I want the rest of my salary and he probably has an attorney trying to make that case. The Jags don't want to pay him so it's in their interest to show he was fired for cause. If this issue hasn't been resolved monetarily, a very unflattering article about Meyer could be helpful. Is it beyond the pale for an organization to feed a story to an eager journalist to help bolster their case?

Anything's possible, but it's not "easy" to write a story such as the one in the Athletic this week on Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer. And the story directly quoted former Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. in addition to quoting unnamed sources who went into pretty specific detail; I didn't read much in the way of "second-hand hearsay." I can't prove beyond doubt that the story is 100 percent accurate. Having written and reported such stories in the past, I can tell you it was professionally executed – and nothing about the way this story was reported or written led me to believe much wasn't true.

Arthur from Orange Park, FL

If all this stuff with Urban was really going on, it proves the fans right in being skeptical of Shad.

I'm sure some see it that way – and it is indeed vogue these days to criticize Jaguars Owner Shad Khan. But if hiring Meyer indeed can be seen as a disastrous mistake, there's also a strong argument to be made that Khan acted phenomenally quickly in dismissing Meyer. He was the head coach 13 games, and it's very rare for head coaches to be dismissed so quickly. I don't know how any owner is supposed to anticipate the level of dysfunction Meyer brought. Khan absolutely acted quickly and in the best interest of the franchise once it became evident.

Rob from Ponte Vedra, FL

One fer Shad Khan. We are spending to the cap and have added as much talent as possible. All I ask of an owner is to be willing to spend to the cap. Barring last year, he has done that about as much as any and has spent the most on free agency in the league since he became an owner. I complained a lot about it last year, but we are luckier than I thought to have the Khan family driving this ship.

Know this: Khan is not and never has been unwilling to spend to the limits of the NFL's salary cap. If the people running his football operations deem it necessary to spend X on a player, Khan pretty much spends "X" on the player. I've never heard anything to make me think otherwise.

Kevin from McGavock High

O-What are the chances that the Browns just signed another Jags first-rounder that will help them win a Super Bowl?

There's every chance the Cleveland Browns could contend for a Super Bowl in 2022. And there's every chance former Jaguars defensive lineman Taven Bryan could be on the roster when that happens. I have little more to add.

Eric from Jacksonville Beach, FL

I'm going to need to take a break from yelling at kids to get off my lawn this season to wrap my mind around watching Wilson throw balls in a Broncos uniform and Matt Ryan donning the Colts logo on the helmet. I'm sure it's the right football move for both and the organizations but just feels so unnatural to me. Love the parity in the league and how fluid changes allow teams to pivot more quickly than before but the old timer in me always hates to see these icons of a franchise switch teams. Am I alone on that one? I'll go back to watching Matlock now.

I don't like it, either. But I can't go into it right now. It's 4:30 p.m. Time for supper.

Travis from High Springs

I recently asked about the difficulty of Walker Little moving from left to right tackle. Do you believe him moving to left guard would be an easier transition than moving to right tackle? I guess I'm asking, in your opinion would be easier to stay on the same side of the line at a different position or to switch sides at the same position?

This entirely depends on Little. It appears he is built more like a tackle than a prototypical guard, so in theory switching to right tackle from left would be "easier." Also: the difference between the skill set needed to play left and right tackle is far less than was the case a couple of decades ago, so that indicates Little could make the transition. General Manager Trent Baalke said last week the team is confident he can play left or right tackle – or guard. We'll see.

Jonathan from Jax

Just a reminder that Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton will be the best pro player in this draft. Didn't want you to forget.

Hey, one fer Hamilton (again).

Sascha from Cologne, Germany

Hey John, do you think the Jags will try to move up in the 20s to draft a top wide receiver? Do they have the draft capital for it? And does it make sense in your opinion?

I wouldn't rule it out. Yes, they have the draft capital to move from No. 33 into the 20s. It would make sense if there is a wide receiver available they want, which is impossible to know until teams are on the clock late in Round 1.

Holger from Zurich, Switzerland

Is your streak really something to be that proud of? Go and enjoy the little free time that you have and do something else, learn a new sport or go travel. Nobody will die if there is no O-Zone for a day.

Do they have lanes in Switzerland?

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