It happens every offseason, teams overpay to land big names on the first day of NFL free agency.
For the past two years, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been major players in the early stages of free agency, but have nothing to show for it. For all the money the Jaguars have thrown at free agents the past two years, they have only seven wins to show for it. In fact, historically, teams that have been the “winners” of free agency have had less than stellar results on the field.
This year, new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell is taking a completely different approach to free agency and remained inactive during the initial flurry of free agent signings Tuesday afternoon. While most Jaguars fans were up in arms about the inactivity yesterday, if they have actually been listening to what Caldwell has been saying since he was hired they should not be surprised.
Now that the market has settled and most of the big money contracts have been handed out, several players who fit what the Jaguars are looking for still remain on the market and can likely be had for a more reasonable salary. Moving forward, I expect the Jaguars to look at right tackles, defensive tackles and cornerbacks who are still in their mid-20’s and have the ability to be more than a stop-gap free agent.
The Jaguars still have a chance to retain some of their own free agents as well. Despite overblown reports that players like Derek Cox and Terrance Knighton would be snatched up quickly after the opening of free agency, both remain options to return. Knighton has a visit with the Denver Broncos scheduled and Cox has planned visits with both the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints, but if they are not getting offered the kind of money they are expecting they may choose to stay with the Jaguars.
Free agency has not even been open for 24 hours, so step back from the ledge Jaguars fans we have a long way to go.