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RTC: Financial sense for Alex Mack

4/7/2014

Adding center Alex Mack would certainly upgrade the Jaguars' offensive line and be a huge help to the offense, but does the move make financial sense?

The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran believes it does because it doesn' handicap the Jaguars in terms of the salary cap, even though the team would likely have to guarantee at least $22 million of Mack's salary.

O'Halloran writes that none of the Jaguars' free agents after the 2014 season are going to command big money to re-sign and the rookie class from 2013 won't have to be paid big money for extensions until after the 2015 season at the earliest. That gives them leeway with the salary cap.

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O'Halloran also explains why Blaine Gabbert was worth a sixth-round draft pick in a trade but Chris Johnson and DeSean Jackson are not.

ESPN's Ashley Fox writes that Derek Carr may be the draft's best quarterback.

CBSSports.com's Pat Kirwan writes about seven non-first-round picks in the front seven he'd love to have on his team, including Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu.

CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora presents questions for every team heading into the draft. As for the Jaguars, he wants to know if there's anyone who hasn't bought into coach Gus Bradley's approach, if Chad Henne will be the starting quarterback in 2014, and how long with the rebuild take considering the state of the roster Bradley and GM David Caldwell inherited.

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