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Jacksonville To Sign Former Pro Bowl Player? Jaguars To Build New Facility; Will They Remain In Jacksonville Or Are They Moving The Team?

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According to ESPN Insider Ian Rappaport, the Jacksonville Jaguars are about to make a big acquisition. Allegedly, they are hoping to sign a former pro bowl player to help bolster their special teams unit. Rappaport indicated earlier today that the Jaguars would be signing former All-Pro returner, Pharoh Cooper. Cooper spent last year with the Carolina Panthers and previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals in 2019.

Cooper was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Los Angeles. His best season was in 2017, when he averaged a league-best 27.4 yards per kick return, returning one for a 103-yard touchdown and 12.5 yards per punt return. This was the only year that Cooper made the Pro Bowl.

In other NFL news, the Jacksonville Jaguars have proposed a $441M project for a stand-alone football facility around TIAA Bank Field. The proposed 125,000-square-foot facility would be developed outside of the northern end of TIAA Bank Field and would house meeting rooms, medical support facilities, training and recovery areas, a weight room, offices, dining areas and locker rooms. It would also include public viewing stands, restrooms, concession areas, a retail store and a public meeting space.

There would also be two full-size grass practice fields and a full-size indoor practice field. Jacksonville currently has an indoor practice field on the southern end of TIAA Bank Field. The team and its affiliated real estate development company hope construction could begin by the end of the year and be completed in 2023. Team owner Shad Khan had the following to say about the future development project:

“My goal is for downtown Jacksonville to be the envy of cities here in the U.S. and elsewhere, and I see no reason why we can’t achieve that goal,” Khan said in a statement. “I am confident we have the local leadership, spirit and commitment to revitalize downtown Jacksonville in a manner that will make the world take notice while also serving the needs of the community and the people who make Jacksonville their home.”

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