Editor’s Note: Another article from yesterday evening that got pushed back by the influx of all the UDFA news.
Tania Ganguli has reported that the Jaguars have removed the nameplates of all veteran free agents’ lockers except for punter Adam Podlesh and middle linebacker Kirk Morrison. Definitely no surprises there and this is a move that’s in the best interest of the team.
More after the jump…
These two players were the favorites to be brought back by Jacksonville during free agency – the rest of which the front office has pretty much made it clear they’re ready to move on from. Podlesh finally emerged as an insanely accurate and consistent punter last year, with the smallest percentage of punts returned and least amount of return yardage by qualifying kickers. He was slow to justify his 4th round draft position (under Shack Harris), but may have finally emerged as one of the league’s premier punters. Morrison, meanwhile, anchored the center of the defense and brings plenty of experience with him, as well as familiarity with the Jaguars’ defensive schemes and playcalling. Capt. Kirk will never be flashy or a huge playmaker, but he is very durable, knowledgeable, and makes the players around him better with this awareness.As is the case with leaving their nameplates intact, the writing is on the wall for these free agents and has been for awhile. We had a hunch these two would be back, as they can be had relatively cheaply and their experience will be very valuable with the offseason shortened so.
In other news, Mike Sims-Walker is definitely not expecting to come back to Jacksonville and has recently been calling himself “the missing link” in Mike Martz’ and Jay Cutler’s aerial Chicago offense.
– Andrew Hofheimer