Offseason Analysis: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags are coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in the NFL. They, along with the Cleveland Browns, were the chic pick to get to at least the AFC title game. Yet they finished at 5-11.
For starters the Jaguars need improved health next year, especially on their Offensive Line. Their Left Tackle Khalif Barnes is an Unrestricted Free Agent. He played poorly last year, and won’t likely return. There is a good chance Charles Spencer takes over. Center Brad Meester is also an UFA, but he may be in their plans. Assuming Fred Taylor gives them a hometown discount, he’ll be back to compliment Maurice Jones-Drew. I’d like to see them work another RB in the mix so he’s ready when Taylor does call it quits. Reggie Williams took a major step back and he’s a UFA. I could see the team going in a different direction. Matt Jones played through the distraction of his suspension and put up solid numbers. He could be a nice value pick next year. TE Marcedes Lewis showed promise. Jerry Porter is likely to be shown the door.
There aren’t too many FAs on Defense for Jacksonville. Mike Peterson led the team in tackles, but was a major distraction. He won’t be back. The Jags need to get some pressure on the QB. They were tied for 20th last year with just 29 Sacks. Reggie Hayward’s 4.5 were good for the team lead. Not only that, but they had the second fewest turnovers (17) in the league. Clearly their biggest needs lie on Defense.
**Update: Fred Taylor was cut**
|Pos||Player Name||FA Status||Previous Team||Current Team|
|RB||Alvin Pearman||Re-signed||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|WR||Reggie Williams||UFA||Jacksonville Jaguars||Free Agent|
|TE||Charles Davis||Re-signed||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|OG||Charles Spencer||Re-signed||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|OT||Khalif Barnes||UFA||Jacksonville Jaguars||Free Agent|
|OT||Richard Collier||RFA||Jacksonville Jaguars||Free Agent|
|C||Brad Meester||UFA||Jacksonville Jaguars||Free Agent|
|C||Joe Zelenka||UFA||Jacksonville Jaguars||Free Agent|
|DL||Tony McDaniel||RFA||Jacksonville Jaguars||Free Agent|
|LB||Brian Iwuh||RFA||Jacksonville Jaguars||Free Agent|
|LB||Mike Peterson||UFA||Jacksonville Jaguars||Free Agent|
|CB||Scott Starks||UFA||Jacksonville Jaguars||Free Agent|