After losing top corner Derek Cox to the San Diego Chargers in free agency, the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ recourse was beginning to seem like a cornerback swap: Snag the Chargers’ top cover man in Antoine Cason.
Jacksonville’s quest for cornerback help would continue unfulfilled.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune revealed on Twitter just how Cason escaped from Jacksonville’s grasp and to the Arizona Cardinals: “Antoine Cason gets $2 million for 1 yr. Had bigger offer from Jacksonville, but wanted to get back to Arizona and former DB coach Kevin Ross.”
Evaluating by Pro Football Focus cornerback grades, this would not have represented an amazing “swap” on the Jaguars’ side anyways, as Cox finished 2012 graded 71st out of 113 qualifying cornerbacks while Cason graded out at 108th.
However, a cornerback market that was rather soft at the outset is rapidly dwindling.
Ryan O’Halloran detailed how “Derek Cox had broken a cornerback logjam of sorts by agreeing to a four-year, $20 million contract with the San Diego Chargers.” Well, the run on cornerbacks has left the Jaguars in the dust thus far. Prized free-agent corners Keenan Lewis, Cary Williams, Sean Smith, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Chris Houston and Bradley Fletcher have all flown off the market.
But the Jags have re-signed Antwaun Molden, so there’s that. He joins Kevin Rutland and Mike Harris as the only cornerbacks currently on roster.