Saturday, August 31, 2013
Jaguars' wait results in trade
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars cut 21 players on Friday but didn’t have to turn in their list of cuts until 6 p.m. ET Saturday. Waiting the extra 24 hours turned out to be beneficial.
The team was able to work out a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, giving up defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith for a conditional draft pick. Even though it might turn out to be a seventh-rounder, it’s still a win for the Jaguars, who were able to get something for a player they no longer wanted anyway. The Seahawks were interested in signing Smith, but made the trade instead because they were deep in the waiver-wire order and didn’t feel Smith would last long enough for them.
The Jaguars drafted Smith in the third round in 2010, but he played in only eight games in the ensuing three seasons because of injuries. He missed his rookie season because of an Achilles tendon injury he suffered during training camp, and missed the 2011 season because of a toe injury. He played in eight games last season, making 12 tackles, before being played on injured reserve with a head injury.
This is the third transaction this week involving the Jaguars and coach Gus Bradley’s former team. The Jaguars signed former Seahawks linebacker Kyle Knox on Tuesday and former Seahawks cornerback Will Blackmon on Wednesday.