Will Robinson is going to have a front row seat to all the Jaguar games.

Grading the Jaguars’ Free Agency (So Far)


After a slow start to free agency on Tuesday, I had to send out a tweet basically telling Jaguar fans to calm down.

 

 

I can understand why everyone was frustrated, and bloggers like our own Luke Sims and Alfie Crow over at Big Cat Country outlined why it seemed to be a pretty disappointing first day of free agency for Jacksonville.

But after the dust settled, the Jaguars made some key re-signings and new acquisitions, so let’s dole out some grades.

Re-signings

Rashean Mathis – One Year, $5 Million: Grade:  A

This is an outstanding deal for the Jaguars. The base salary is only $950,000, which means if the Jaguars do end up paying Rashean $5 million, he must have had a great year.  A classic low-risk, high-reward move.

Guy Whimper – Two Years, $5 Million  Grade: C

I don’t think anyone was very excited about this move, but it’s defensible. Guy Whimper shouldn’t be starting on the offensive line, but he is a serviceable back-up who can be plugged into the left or right side.

Jeremy Mincey – Four Years, $27.2 Million  Grade: B

This is actually a more reasonable contract than I think many people expected for Jeremy Mincey. With the way the free-agent defensive end market was thinning, I thought the Jaguars would have to overpay significantly to keep Mincey, but they managed to put a together a deal that didn’t balloon too much because of the market. The only problem here is that Mincey isn’t really a double-digit sack threat and is only solid at best. The Jaguars almost had to make this deal, otherwise the edge of the defensive line would have been very thin.

Dwight Lowery –  4 years, $13.6 Million  Grade: A

The Jaguars did a fantastic job of fixing their issue at the safety position last year. Dwight Lowery was a key component for the Jaguars on defense, and they were able to retain him at a cheap price. He’s only 26 and he should still be in his prime for most of the contract.

*Josh Scobee (Franchised)   Grade: A/Incomplete

Gene Smith wasn’t going to let Scobee walk away, and whatever the long-term deal ends up being, Scobee will be worth it.

 

New Signings

William Robinson – Two Years, Minimum?   Grade: B

I couldn’t find numbers for this contract, but it’s not a big deal. Robinson is likely to be buried on the depth chart.

Will Robinson is going to have a front row seat to all the Jaguar games. 

Laurent Robinson – Five Years, $32.5 Million  Grade: B

This is the key acquisition for the Jaguars so far this offseason, and it’s a risky one. Laurent Robinson is a young receiver (26) with a lot of upside, but has a history of injuries and therefore only produced consistently for one year. This would be an ideal signing if Robinson doesn’t have to shoulder the load as the number one receiver. It’s a pretty substantial amount of money to invest in an unproven player, but the Jaguars had to do something at receiver.

Chad Henne –Two Years, $6.75 Million   Grade: A

The national media and several uninformed people around the interwebz think Henne was brought in to compete with Gabbert. Despite what Coach Mularkey said about bringing Henne in to compete (that’s really just coachspeak), Blaine Gabbert is the starter. Unless Gabbert is horrific and showing no signs of improvement, don’t expect Henne to start any games while Gabbert is healthy. What Henne provides is a proven back-up who can produce on the field and win a few games if need be.

 

Overall Grade (so far): B

The Jaguars did what good teams do: resign key players that have produced for you, while being very selective about overpaying for players that other teams did not want to keep. While I was really hoping the Jags could take a shot at Mario Williams, Buffalo didn’t really let anyone else in the NFL make an offer. The Jaguars are likely going to keep their eye on a few other players who are/may be available (Wimbley, Freeney, etc), so we’ll see if GM Gene can add a few more pieces before the draft.

 

 - Daniel Lago

 

 

 

Tags: Chad Henne Dwight Lowery Featured Free Agency Gene Smith Jacksonville Jaguars Jeremy Mincey Josh Scobee Laurent Robinson Rashean Mathis

  • http://calltothepen.com/ SorianoJoe

    You guys haven’t been going crazy like the Bucs (I write for thepewterplank.com), but the Jaguars have done a great job so far. Henne and Robinson should be the staple of the passing game, and it’s hard not to like Mincey’s explosiveness. Mathis played better last season with a functioning secondary, so it was obviously important re-sign both him and Dwight Lowrey. 

  • dlago89

     @SorianoJoe Yeah I saw that the Bucs were really active. I’m not as much of a fan as Jackson, but getting Nicks was a solid move. If Freeman can get back to his 2010 form, the Bucs should be in the mix for the division. 
    But as far as Henne, I really don’t think he’ll be pushing for the starting job. Gabbert showed more at the end of the year, and he should have better weapons and coaching around him than last year.

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  • arthardie

    Free agents, quite simply, are worn tires. Yes, they might be proven. But this really is a young man’s game. Free agency has never really been a driving factor of success. The football field just has too many players on it for one big signing to alter a team so dramatically. Last year, we overhauled the defense in free agency, only because we had almost no safties on the the roster at all. This year’s group of free agents – across the board – doesn’t offer any players worthy of a stretch. They all come with risk. The ones we grabbed are worth what we’re paying. And the players we retained are worth much more than that. This is a team game. Free agent hysteria is just another negative by-product of the fantasy football culture that has turned this game into a throw-and-catch referee fest.

  • http://www.blackandteal.com/ LukeNSims

     @arthardie Well put sir, very well put.  Thinking Mario Williams will be irrelevant in Buffalo then?