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The Jacksonville Jaguars informed running back Leonard Fournette that the remaining guarantees in his contract have been voided, a source familiar with the situation told AP’s Mark Long.

Fournette is in the second year of his pro career and missed eight of the team’s 16 games this season for various reasons. He’s scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency in 2022.

The power back was scheduled to make $7.1 million in the final years of what had been a fully guaranteed rookie contract. If Fournette fails to win an appeal, the Jaguars could move on from him without taking on future financial obligations, Long reports.

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The guarantees were voided after Fournette’s suspension last month for fighting with Shaq Lawson of the Buffalo Bills.

Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin took Fournette to task on Sunday for “disrespectful” and “selfish” behavior while on the bench during a blowout loss. He and T.J. Yeldon were seen sitting on the bench apart from their teammates during the game.

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has emerged as a coach of interest to the Buccaneers in their search to replace Dirk Koetter, 670 The Score has learned.

The Buccaneers fired Koetter on Monday after he went 19-29 in three seasons and enlisted the search firm Korn-Ferry to help identify the next coach, who also could be given control of the 53-man roster. In a statement released about the firing, Buccaneers owner/co-chairman Joel Glazer said the search will be conducted by general manager Jason Licht. The firm has experience assisting coaching searches with the Texans, Falcons, Chiefs, Seahawks and Jaguars. Kelly’s name surfaced in the past 48 hours after the search firm became more involved in the process.

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Kelly flirted with the Eagles after the 2012 season, interviewing with the team, and sources say he remains intrigued by the idea of coaching in the NFL. Notre Dame’s lopsided 30-3 loss to Clemson in last the College Football Playoff national semifinal Saturday reignited the debate over how close the program is to its first national title since 1988. Kelly’s level of interest remains unclear after he was made aware of the possibility the Bucs could pursue him, according to league sources. Contacted Wednesday morning about the situation, a Notre Dame spokesman has yet to respond.

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At a time when 49ers tight end George Kittle is openly flirting with Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, there’s another receiver who could be a more likely trade target for San Francisco.

If the Giants decide to move on from receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the 49ers could pursue him.

The 49ers considered it during that window last year when Beckham seemed to be available, and there’s already buzz this year that, if he’s available, the 49ers would be interested.

As recently explained, Beckham’s contract is very tradeable, with five years and $74 million remaining on the long-term deal signed last August. The Giants would have to absorb a $16 million cap charge (a post-June 1 trade would result in $4 million this year and $12 million in 2020), and they’d have to accept the fact that they will have paid him more than $21 million for 12 games in 2018.

But if the Giants decide it’s time to move on, it makes sense to write it off and avoid paying another $17 million in 2019. Especially if they can maximize their recovery on the trade market.

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One of the reasons the Eagles won the Super Bowl last year is that Nick Foles proved excellent at avoiding the pass rush: In the Super Bowl he threw 43 passes and was never sacked. That came after an NFC Championship Game in which he threw 33 passes and was only sacked once, and a divisional round game in which he threw 30 passes and was only sacked once.

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It would be tempting to credit the Eagles’ offensive line for that, but it would also be wrong. Because Carson Wentz, playing behind the same offensive line last season, was sacked far more often: Wentz took 28 sacks in 13 games.

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Winning in the NFL playoffs is hard enough, but it has basically become impossible over the past few years for any team that enters the postseason with a rookie quarterback.

The Ravens are the only team this year entering the playoffs in that situation and if Baltimore is going to beat the Chargers on Sunday (1:05 p.m. ET, CBS), Lamar Jackson is going to have to end an ugly drought. The last five rookie quarterbacks to start a postseason game have all lost, with three of those losses coming from quarterbacks who are actually in the playoffs this year (Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Dak Prescott).

Even uglier is the fact that rookie quarterbacks are 0-7 in playoff games since 2010 when facing a team that features a veteran starter. In that span, rookie quarterbacks have actually gone 2-7 overall, but both wins came in a game where it was a rookie quarterback versus another rookie quarterback, so a rookie had to win (Andy Dalton vs. T.J. Yates in 2011, Russell Wilson vs. Robert Griffin III in 2012).

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is coming off what has to be described as the most frustrating season of his Hall of Fame worthy career.

Pittsburgh finished the 2018 campaign with an 9-6-1 record, missing out on the playoffs altogether after losing four of its final six games. The season was defined by both Le’Veon Bell’s holdout and drama that unfolded behind the scenes between Big Ben and star receiver Antonio Brown.

In talking about Bell’s holdout, Roethlisberger noted that the Steelers were hurt more by the distraction that this caused than Bell’s absence on the field. Equally noteworthy, he was impressed by how James Conner performed in Bell’s stead.

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