Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Jaguars earn a B+ in free agency
By Michael DiRocco
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars didn't land a center or a proven receiver in free agency, but they still had a better haul than most of the teams in the NFL.
In addition to re-signing quarterback Chad Henne, cornerback Will Blackmon and defensive end Jason Babin, the Jaguars signed seven new players -- highlighted by defensive end Chris Clemons, guard Zane Beadles, and running back Toby Gerhart. NFL Insiders Mike Sando, Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Matt Williamson and Field Yates were impressed with what general manager David Caldwell did and gave the Jaguars a B-plus.
Their evaluation was based on the Jaguars adding quality starters at reasonable cost and making sure the players they signed are ideal fits for their schemes.
"The Jaguars got solid role players at good prices, and they needed guys who were at least professional," Polian said. "They did not have many. They added seven professional guys at great prices. That is good. And they got rid of [Blaine] Gabbert."