Friday, March 5, 2010
Jacksonville kind of guys
By Paul Kuharsky
Kassim Osgood will visit and the Jaguars have shown some interest in Jared DeVries.
Both guys fit the mold for Jacksonville.
Jaguars fans were probably pleased to hear the team inquired about defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch. But a four-year $26 million deal with $10 million this year isn’t the sort of pricing the Jaguars are capable of handling.
Looking to guys like Osgood and DeVries, then, is the smart alternative.
Osgood is a premier special teamer and the Chargers have judged him not to be a capable regular at receiver. With the Jaguars, he could team up with players like Montell Owens and William Middleton to upgrade special teams and get the sort of shot at receiver he feels he’s been denied. He’d be due a raise, but not a monster contract, and could create a bigger name for himself on a team with fewer big personalities than San Diego.
DeVries is recovering from a shredded Achilles that cost him last season in Detroit. A 12th year guy, he could bring some experience and leadership to a defensive line that really needs help in those departments, while likely finding a role as a third guy in the interior rotation.
Home runs? No. Singles that would give the Jaguars a chance to round first? I suspect so.
And I look for more names of this ilk to surface.