Thursday, January 24, 2013
Jacksonville's FA targets
By Tim Kavanagh
The Jacksonville Jaguars are projected to have a significant amount of space under the salary cap for 2013, and that's a good thing, because new GM Dave Caldwell has some work to do.
Though the long-term strategy may be to build with smart draft choices, there are some areas in need of immediate solutions. Their quest to find a new QB will continue, and it's possible that they'll look to sign (or trade for) a veteran to add to the Blaine Gabbert-Chad Henne shuffle. Another area where they may look to invest big money is to bolster their pass-rush, an area they began to address by claiming Jason Babin off of waivers late in the 2012 campaign.
Jacksonville finished dead-last in the league in sacks in 2012 (20.0) a full five sacks behind 31st place. So who's available? AT DE, they can choose from Cliff Avril (a Jacksonville native, no less), Dwight Freeney and Michael Johnson (provided that Johnson isn't franchise-tagged by the Bengals). On the interior, players like Henry Melton and Jason Jones -- who played for new HC Gus Bradley in Seattle in 2012 -- could be available, while veteran Richard Seymour (who can line up at multiple positions) also appears to be headed to the market.
The Jags will have to pay a premium price for some of these players, but this is certainly an area in need of severe investment.