RTC: Jags will pursue LBs in the draft

March, 6, 2014
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The class of free-agent linebackers in the NFL isn't very impressive and that's why the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran writes that the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to address that position in the draft and not in free agency.

O'Halloran writes that there's only one available linebacker who is younger than 30 and played at least 1,000 snaps last season: Washington's Perry Riley.

The Jaguars have seven linebackers under contract for 2014, including the three starters from last season: Paul Posluszny, Russell Allen and Geno Hayes. The team hopes to get faster and more versatile at outside linebacker to add to the pass rush and help in coverage.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

ESPN debuted the Bill Polian Free Agent Tracker Insider on Wednesday. Polian and Insider's NFL analysts evaluated the free agents and gave them grades. You can sort the list by various categories and keep track of signings pretty easily.

The Jaguars released their season-ticket campaign on Wednesday and O'Halloran writes it includes five new seating areas and a program the team hopes will keep the fans engaged year round.

The T-U reports that Jaguars owner Shad Khan has donated $50,000 to mayor Alvin Brown's re-election campaign, making him the top individual donor.

ESPN's Kevin Seifert writes that the qualities that made Johnny Manziel so good in college don't project to the NFL.

NFL media insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Houston Texans have an interest in pursuing Matt Cassel. If they sign Cassel, it could mean they're targeting Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick.

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