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This is not a league of trading

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

Ryan Glenn from Atlanta, GA:
I read this column every day and it seems like people always ask about the Jags trading away players. I don't remember there being any veteran players traded over the last two years except for Tim Dwight. Can you think of any other time in recent memory where a veteran player was traded?
Vic: Matt Hasselbeck, Kevin Carter, Trent Green, Eric Zeier and Aeneas Williams were traded in 2001. It does happen, but this is not a league of trading and for this simple reason: When you trade a player, all of his remaining bonus amortization accelerates immediately onto that year's salary cap.

Michael Loiacono from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Do you have any knowledge of whether or not the Jags went to Boselli and asked him to sign a new contract? Is that even possible? I am not talking about restructuring, I am talking about ripping up the existing contract and creating a new one which would pay him less of a salary (say $2 million a year). If that is a possible way to get around salary cap issues (of course the players would have to agree to accept less money), couldn't the Jags have saved face with the fans by approaching Boselli and asking him to sign a new contract for less money, telling him that if he didn't they would be forced to expose him to the expansion draft?

Salary isn't the whole problem. Tony Boselli has about $7.2 million of remaining bonus amortization that would have to make its way through the Jaguars' salary cap over the next three seasons. That's bonus money already paid and there's no way of negotiating that money away. The Texans will assume all of that amortization if they draft Boselli. The Jaguars have two other players, Tony Brackens and Jimmy Smith, who have higher remaining amortization figures, but I'm inclined to believe the Jaguars didn't put them on the expansion list because they had information that suggested the Texans wouldn't select either one. The Jaguars must dump a major portion of the remaining amortization on their salary cap onto the Texans' salary cap. The expansion draft offers that unique opportunity. I still don't think fans understand how severe the Jaguars' salary cap situation is. It is a "Perfect Storm" and the expansion draft may be the only way out.

Dave McDonnell Jr. from St. Augustine, FL:
Why would Tony Brackens not be appealing to the Texans? Is it only because of his cap value?

Tony Brackens' contract is so bad that not even an expansion team with an empty salary cap wants it. He has $11.3 million of remaining amortization, and that represents a huge risk for any salary cap. What if he got hurt? Nobody wants to take that risk.

Vic Esposto from Jacksonville:
I don't clearly understand the expansion draft. How many picks do the Texans have from the players who are unprotected?
Vic: The Texans must select 30-42 players from the pool of players submitted by the other 31 teams in the league, but they may select fewer than 30 players if the players they select have 2002 salary cap hits that total 38 percent of the Texans' 2002 salary cap. When a team has one of its five players offered in the expansion draft selected by the Texans, that team may withdraw one of the remaining names of the players they've offered for the expansion draft.

J.R. Guerrero from San Antonio, TX:
If R. Jay Soward is a big problem for the team, why don't they put him in the expansion draft instead of Boselli, because without Boselli the Jags probably have a very bad offensive line? Or trade Boselli for a high draft pick?

Why would the Texans select a player who is suspended for the 2002 season? Remember, the attraction of this expansion draft for teams such as the Jaguars is that it is a salary cap dumping ground. In the Jaguars' case, there would be no benefit putting players in the expansion pool the Texans would not select, or whose remaining amortization isn't significant. Soward's remaining amortization is only $1.2 million. As far as trading Boselli, the Jaguars would first have to fit him under the 2002 salary cap. Trading begins on March 1; the cap deadline is four p.m. on Feb. 28.

Gene Henderson from Jacksonville:
I keep hearing Mr. Weaver use the term, "it's business." I feel Jacksonville is getting an inferior product for the next two years and we should not renew our tickets until then; just business. Please comment.

I understand your position.

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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