It’s early in the process and there is still a long way to go, but the fact that Justin Blackmon has voluntarily entered a treatment facility is a good sign that the troubled receiver may finally be turning his life around.
That should make the Jacksonville Jaguars cautiously optimistic that there’s a chance he could one day be back on the field.
Since Blackmon is currently serving an indefinite suspension for his third violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse program, he isn’t being paid and doesn’t count against the salary cap or roster limit. His contract is essentially paused, meaning he still owes the team 2 1/2 years of service if he were to ever return. Plus, if the Jaguars did cut him they would have been unable to recover any bonus money they have already paid.
The Jaguars have elected not to cut Blackmon despite his transgressions, and the article explains why. He still has a long road back to the NFL, but there are positive signs.