NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that the Jags are open to taking back Blackmon and playing him if the NFL reinstates him this season, according to a source with knowledge of the team's plans.
ESPN first reported the Jags' thinking.
Blackmon missed the first four games of 2013 due to a violation of the substance-abuse policy. After just four games the NFL suspended the receiver again -- this time indefinitely -- for the same violation.
The former No. 5 overall pick has shown loads of talent when he's on the field. Any team would covet his combination of size, speed and playmaking ability.
However, it's his off-field trouble that has his future in doubt.
"I think it's an absolute tragedy. ... I think he's such a talented guy," Jags owner Shad Khan said in May. "The best years (are) ahead of him but after a while, it's out of your control."
What is not out of the Jags' control is the ability to dangle a carrot out in front of Blackmon. By being open to his return, the organization is giving the 24-year-old -- who clearly has substance-abuse problems -- incentive to seek assistance, get clean and work toward a return (when and if the NFL allows that).
Cutting Blackmon serves little purpose (he's not taking up a roster spot) for the player or organization.
The Jags, as a practical matter, aren't banking on Blackmon's return in 2014. The front office hasn't been sitting on its hands, either. It added Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson -- two potentially dynamic fits -- in the NFL draft.