Jaguars have no intention of paying out rest of Urban Meyer's contract: report

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The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly have no intention to pay Urban Meyer the rest of what he’s owed on his contract and maintain they fired him with cause.

The 2-11 Jaguars fired Meyer after a shutout loss to the Tennessee Titans and after former kicker Josh Lambo accused the coach of kicking him during a preseason practice.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer listens to a question during a practice and media availability by the Jacksonville Jaguars at Chandlers Cross, England, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. 
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Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field Oct. 10, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Meyer signed a five-year contract with the Jaguars when he agreed to become head coach. The contract terms were not released when his deal was announced at the beginning of 2021. Pro Football Talk reported Meyer was seeking about $12 million per year, which would mean the total value of the contract could be around $60 million with the Jaguars possibly on the hook for about $48 million.

According to ESPN, the Jaguars aren’t pointing to a specific reason for withholding the rest of Meyer’s money, other than a “cumulation of instances” that team officials say justified the firing.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer on the sideline during a game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. Urban Meyer’s tumultuous NFL tenure ended after just 13 games — and two victories — when the Jacksonville Jaguars fired him early Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 because of an accumulation of missteps.
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Meyer coached the Jaguars for only 13 games.

Bevell will take over head coaching duties in the interim. He was the interim coach for the Detroit Lions last season when the Lions fired Matt Patricia.

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