The Jaguars have signed linebacker Geno Hayes, a player that has connections to both new head coach Gus Bradley and defensive coordinator Bob Babich. Hayes was drafted in the sixth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of Florida State and saw significant playing time in three of his four seasons with the Bucs at weakside linebacker.
Hayes spent last year with the Chicago Bears in more of a reserve role, but should immediately compete for a starting outside linebacker role with the Jaguars. He is an extremely quick and athletic linebacker that fits in nicely with Bradley’s new defensive scheme.
The signing of Hayes may be a sign of things to come with the Jaguars during the free agency period. At only 25-years old and what I am going to assume is a reasonable price, Hayes is young and cheap player who will immediately provide the Jaguars with some much needed depth and competition at the outside linebacker position. I would expect the Jaguars to sign other players similar to Hayes in the coming days as general manager Dave Caldwell starts the process of rebuilding the roster.
Hayes is not the only free agent the Jaguars have been linked to on Wednesday. There are reports that the Jaguars have scheduled visits with Houston Texans defensive back Alan Ball and Washington Redskins offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus.