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Monday, April 20, 2009
Holt deal gives Jags more freedom at No. 8

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Give the Jacksonville Jaguars some credit. Though they've not been big players in free agency, they have made a couple moves that alleviate the pressure on them to absolutely spend a high pick on certain spots.

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  Torry Holt signs a three-year contract with the Jaguars.

ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton reports the Jaguars have a three-year agreement with free agent receiver Torry Holt, who in my eyes is automatically the best pass catcher on the team.

It can be worth as much as $20 million and comes with no bonus but a $4 million guaranteed base salary this season.

The Jaguars could still pounce on Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin at No. 8 in the first round Saturday. After Holt, Dennis Northcutt, Mike Walker and Troy Williamson are the team's receivers and that's hardly an all-star collection.

But by signing Tra Thomas earlier this offseason, they eased the pressure to find a tackle. And by signing Holt they've eased the pressure to find a receiver.

They will still, certainly, address those spots, but if they don't do so immediately, that will be OK.

Which may make Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji the best possible option for them in the first round if he lasts until No. 8.