Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Nov 2013

Justin Blackmon Suspended Rest of 2013

Justin Blackmon just can't get his act together, and the Jacksonville Jaguars just can't catch a break. Blackmon has been suspended eight games (i.e. the rest of the year) for blowing the NFL substance abuse policy, again. He's allowed to apply for reinstatement in 2014. This doesn't appear to be about performance-enhancing drugs. The guy needs rehab. Remember when Blackmon came out and he was supposed to be "Dez Bryant, but with a better head on his shoulders?"

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 01 Nov 2013

17 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2013, 9:01am by Revenge of the NURBS


by JasonE (not verified) :: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 4:58pm

Go easy, playing on the Jaguars would turn anyone to drug use.

by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 5:04pm

Playing, coaching, owning, watching.

by Gaucho (not verified) :: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 9:49pm

The Jags ARE THE DRUGS he is using. And it is devastating!

by BlueStarDude :: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 6:28pm

When he was drafted so many analysts said how much more mature he was than Dez, what a better pick and overall prospect he was at least partly because he didn't have Dez's off-field concerns. Yep, they nailed that one.

by td (not verified) :: Sat, 11/02/2013 - 3:12am

not true, blackmon's holdout in training camp before his rookie season was about the team wanting offset language in case he got suspended. they knew there were red flags (not sure which side 'won' the holdout, however)

by Crushinator :: Sat, 11/02/2013 - 7:42pm

Partially true- Didn't he get a DUI after he was drafted but before he signed his contract?

by CBPodge :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am

According to this, his contract is basically fully guaranteed, but contains the offsets standard in contracts for suspensions.


I seem to recall the Bucs successfully argued that Eric Wright's suspension voided the remaining guaranteed portions of his contract. So if you assume Blackmon's deal is 18m paid out equally over 4 years, even though it's fully guaranteed he'd actually only see $4.5m for last year, $1.125m for the 4 games this year, and then the rest of it would no longer be guaranteed due to the suspensions. I'm not 100% on how it works for the guaranteed portions for the remaining two years on his deal.

by Mood_Indigo (not verified) :: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 6:31pm

Drug was clearly not performance enhancing, based on the Jaguar's play against the Niners last week...

by Deelron :: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 6:41pm

Scary thought, maybe it was.

by justanothersteve :: Sat, 11/02/2013 - 2:03am

All I have to say is can we stop the bad jokes? This is serious people. If you've ever lost a friend to drugs, you know what I mean. Let's all hope he gets the help he needs and straightens his life out.

by Flounder :: Sat, 11/02/2013 - 10:10am

No one knows how "serious" it is. The guy may just really like weed ala Ricky Williams, scores of other athletes, and millions of people worldwide.

by justanothersteve :: Sun, 11/03/2013 - 12:19am

I agree with your sentiment. But if you accept a very good paying job where you know you will be tested for a drug you aren't allowed to take and take the job anyway, you're pretty stupid to use it and get busted. It indicates a problem regardless. When I joined the Navy in the early 80's, I quit smoking pot. Some of my friends didn't. When the USN suddenly started testing for drugs, they lost rank and money. I feel the same way about Blackmon.

by justanothersteve :: Sat, 11/02/2013 - 2:03am

Dupe post.

by Thok :: Sat, 11/02/2013 - 9:22am

I know you don't like "Can we get an extra point about certain topics" posts, but could we get an extra point about what's currently going on with Jason Martin?

by Noah Arkadia :: Sat, 11/02/2013 - 10:22am

Yeah, what's going on with that? I've heard the possibility floated around that he's been harassed because he's gay.

As far as Blackmon, this fits right in with the Jags plans of getting the #1 overall. On the downside, another strike and ...what happens then?

The man with no sig

by Flounder :: Sat, 11/02/2013 - 10:37am

I don't think there's any actual reporting behind that though. Just speculative "well, seems like a logical possibility" talk.

by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:01am

I believe the next strike is a 1-year suspension, a la Ricky Williams. From a practical standpoint, it might also be the end of his football career, although teams have been known to give chance after chance to guys with enough talent.

At a bare minimum, he has guaranteed that regardless of how things go from here, his second contract (if there is one) will NOT include a big signing bonus.