Meyer, Jags Meet Again, Talks Nearly Complete

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charles Baus/CSM/Shutterstock (10514187cr)Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer with Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young #2 during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl semifinal playoff game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
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There’s even more reason today to believe that the next chapter of Urban Meyer’s complicated and messy legacy might take place in Jacksonville. ESPN is reporting that the former Ohio State head coach met with Jaguars brass on Wednesday for advanced talks. Those meetings are now continuing into today as what began as a rumor is now looking more and more like a sure thing.

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It’s been an open secret that the job was Meyer’s for the taking since before Jacksonville even fired Doug Marrone — who managed to out-Jets the Jets with just a single win in 2020 — as head coach of the Jaguars earlier in the month. A highly successful, but highly controversial, former NCAA championship-winning legend, Meyer is ready and motivated to coach in the NFL, according to the report. There were also reports Wednesday that Meyer had spoken to the Chargers, as well as to Jacksonville, but all signs are pointing to North Florida.

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Meyer and the Jags are reportedly in the final stages of negotiations, and talks could wrap up by the end of this week. Discussions of any contract details have not been disclosed, but just minutes after Marrone’s long-expected firing was announced on Jan. 4, ProFootballTalk reported that Meyer was seeking $12 million a year.

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It’s a large, but not entirely shocking, number. The Panthers paid Matt Rhule $9 million per year to take the same NCAA-to-NFL leap that Meyer is pondering when Rhule made the move from Baylor to Carolina last year. According to Newsday, Meyer ended his tenure at Ohio State while still being paid as part of a nine-year, $48.34 million contract.

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