Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Jaguars an end away from stacked on D
By Paul Kuharsky
The sort of bold move the Jaguars were due to make thanks to plenty of salary-cap room and a new owner who’s talked about being all-in has arrived.
While the Jaguars signed receiver Laurent Robinson and backup quarterback Chad Henne, the addition of former Giants cornerback Aaron Ross is a bigger move.
Adam Schefter reports the Jaguars and Ross have agreed on a three-year deal worth up to $15.3 million.
Ross should bring the Jaguars a great deal in play and leadership -- he started in both the Giants’ Super Bowl wins over the Patriots.
Corner depth was the Jaguars’ second-biggest need on defense, behind only the sort of special pass-rushing end that many teams are searching for fruitlessly.
Jacksonville had previously re-signed Rashean Mathis, a one-time staple. He’s coming off a torn ACL, however, and his deal is an incentive-laden one-year package.
The Jaguars now have Ross, Derek Cox, Mathis and nickel corner Drew Coleman.
That’s a pretty solid stable to fill out the defensive backfield with safeties Dawan Landry and Dwight Lowery.
Despite managing to re-sign end Jeremy Mincey, end and receiver remain the primary needs.
The defense is an end away from being loaded, having now added a quality six pack of veterans in the past two seasons: linebackers Paul Posluszny and Clint Session, safeties Landry and Lowery and corners Ross and Coleman.