Harvey: The Rest of the Story

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Derrick Harvey was supposed to be the answer to the Jaguars' pass rushing scheme. While starting just 18 games in his career at Florida, he still managed to finish No. 9 on the school's all-time sack list with a total of 20.5, despite leaving school after his junior season.

The 6-5, 271-pounder was considered to have enough overall talent to play on a regular basis and not just in passing situations only.

But the Jaguars and Harvey's agent, Ken Kremer of Creative Artists Agency Sports (CCA), do not appear to be in the same park with regards to signing Harvey to a contract. Earlier this week, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, who rarely discusses contract negotiations publicly, used the terms "ridiculous" and "outrageous" when talking about the contract demands by Harvey's representatives. Del Rio also noted that Harvey continued to lose ground in a bid to make a significant contribution to the Jaguars in his rookie season by not being in training camp.

Del Rio's comments brought a quick, terse response from Kremer and a milder answer from Harvey who continues to work out on his own. CCA represents three of this year's top six draft picks and six of the top 21 selections, all of whom other than Harvey are signed and in camp, playing with their team.

"Derrick Harvey wants to be a Jaguar and he wants to be paid fairly. He's just asking for a market deal below the guy in front of him," Kremer said.

Added Harvey, "All I really want is a market deal."

Based on the money that the three players drafted right ahead of Harvey received -- and all three are also defensive linemen like Harvey -- he should be in the area of $18 million guaranteed money and a total package of around $30 million. But Kremer, who would not reveal what he's asking for or what the Jaguars are countering with, said the team's position is substantially under that.

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