Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Unsurprisingly, Jaguars silent on Day 1
By Paul Kuharsky
And on the first day, the Jacksonville Jaguars were silent.
The Indianapolis Colts added five players as free agency opened and the Tennessee Titans added two.
But though they are the third team in the division with significant money to spend, the Jaguars didn’t make a move. Indications are that they remain hopeful they will be able to re-sign cornerback Derek Cox and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com reports that Knighton is about to visit Denver, where his old coach with the Jaguars, Jack Del Rio, is now defensive coordinator. The Broncos have re-signed defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, however, so that could diminish their interest in Knighton.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says Cox has upcoming trips to New Orleans and San Diego.
Once a guy starts getting courted, it’s rare he returns to his original team.
Cox is more important to the Jaguars than Knighton. If the corner had a better history of staying healthy, he’d qualify as crucial.
I thought corners such as Greg Toler from Arizona and Bradley Fletcher from St. Louis could fit the mold the Jaguars would look for in Gus Bradley’s defense and would last a while into free agency.
But both of them agreed to contracts with new teams on Day 1, Toler with Indianapolis and Fletcher with Philadelphia.
It's not a big surprise the team was quiet with regard to free agency. From the start, new general manager David Caldwell has indicated the team wouldn't be big players in free agency. Indications are any veteran additions will come after the initial flurry of higher-priced guys settles down.