With the Eagles and the Chiefs taking DeSean Jackson and Dwayne Bowe, respectively, off the market with the franchise tag on Monday the free agency wide receiving market took a slight hit. Wes Welker was the other wide receiver tagged on Monday, though the Jaguars never had a chance of landing the slot star out of New England.
Jackson probably would have clashed with Gene Smith and could have provided locker room drama. The Eagles being unable to come together with Jackson for a long-term deal is evidence that something is off in Philly.
Dwayne Bowe, however, was one of the top free agency prospects for the Jaguars. His ability to play aggressively throughout the game, and his blocking abilities would both translate well with the Jaguars.
There are still a few free agent wide receivers available to the Jaguars come March 13th. Below I’ve listed the potential free agents that the Jaguars may pursue.
- Marques Colston (Saints)
- Vincent Jackson (Chargers)
- Steve Johnson (Bills)
- Brandon Lloyd (Rams)
- Mario Manningham (Giants)
Of the five players listed above, I find Manningham to be the most likely to end up in Jacksonville. That said, Vincent Jackson would drastically alter the Jaguars’ offense and allow Blaine Gabbert to develop more swiftly with a very good true number one wideout.
Tomorrow we’ll delve into thorough analysis of each potential Jaguar wide receiver to see who may best fit down in Florida.
– Luke N. Sims
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