Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (23) defends to score a touchdown during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent Cornerbacks The Jaguars Should Look At


Outside of Derek Cox and maybe Mike Harris, there is a serious deficiency at cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Aaron Ross has proven to be less of an impact player than originally anticipated, Rashean Mathis has lost a step and is set to hit free agency, William Middleton struggled in 2012 and is set to hit free agency, and players like Kevin Rutland and Antwon Blake are likely nothing more than just guys.

While there are a couple really good cornerback options in the draft, it isn’t likely that the Jags take one of the top prospects at number two overall and it isn’t likely that one of the top prospects slips to number 33.  With Cox set to test the waters in free agency, the Jags may be in need of a starting caliber corner and a third corner.  So, who’s available in free agency?  Here are three guys the Jags should look at.

Brent Grimes

  • While the Jags may not want to replace the oft-injured Cox with someone who only played 52 snaps before injury in 2012, Grimes is a playmaker that deserves some attention.  In 2010 he had a ridiculous 23 passes defended to go with five interceptions.  Grimes’ talent makes him worthy of at least a conversation, but he may not be the best fit for the Jags.

Adam “Pac-Man” Jones

  • Seriously, the guy can play.  Jones hasn’t been as much of a headache lately as he was early in his career, and his play has risen with his character.  He hasn’t had an interception since 2010, but he still has the skills to play well and forces quarterbacks to look the other way.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

  • DRC had 17 passes defended and three interceptions in only eight starts last season.  He was lost amid the tumultuous Philadelphia Eagles season but he has the skills to be a top corner in the league.  Don’t discount him for a couple bad years in Philly following his trade as part of the Kevin Kolb deal.  He is a clutch player who was instrumental in bringing the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl.

There are a number of decent corners available in free agency, but if the Jags get really serious, I think that these three players deserve heavy consideration.  Anybody you’d like to see?

- Luke N. Sims

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  • Dave Nelson

    Jacksonville needs to get similar corners to what Bradley worked with in Seattle. Tough, physical, tall, well-built corners. DRC is soft, and only an above-average cover corner. Terrible tackler, and is not going to press as well as many others. Grimes is under-sized, older, and coming off of major surgery. PacMan Jones doesn’t really fit Bradley’s schemes size-wise, and even though he has cleaned himself up, I don’t see him coming to Jax. Guy’s that make some sense include drafting a guy like Johnthan Banks from Miss. St., or Xavier Rhodes from FSU. Despite being outside of the $$ range, Sean Smith makes sense from free agency. I would expect them to pick up one or two quality corners, but nobody from the tier one group. Derek Cox may be back, but him and his injuries really worry me with how physical Bradley plays his corners. Sherman and Browner are tough, feisty, confident corners. I have no doubt that Cox could play for Bradley, but his injuries have to be a red flag before dropping more than $6-7m per year.

    • LukeNSims

      Very good points. I’m curious how much of the tough corner game came from Pete Carroll and how much from Bradley. Bradley has mentioned it when talking about rebuilding the defense, but defensive backs were really Carroll’s speciality.

      I would love having Rhodes, but the odds of him being there at #33 seem to be getting slimmer each day. If the Jags could get him and bring back Cox, I’d be more than happy – even if Cox does only play 11 games a season. I also thought of Smith, but I don’t see the Jags going for him this offseason.

  • vallenii

    According to PFF (Profootballfocus.com) Pete Prisco thinks Greg Toler (AZ) is underrated and under the radar. PFF, who grade Toler at a +6.8, said “Toler is physical and has coverage skills and could be a great signing for someone who misses out on some of the bigger names”. Outside of his measurables I do not know much about Toler, perhaps you could shed some light on him?

    • LukeNSims

      I’ll have a whole post out tomorrow morning on him. Good find.

  • Taylor

    Hopefully Dave and Gus fix the pass rush because it doesn’t matter who they have in the secondary otherwise. If you give a decent qb time to fully go through his progression every time he drops back, he is going to shred your defense. But while we are talking about free agency, I don’t think the Jags should sign any high dollar free agents, sign above average free agents for around average money, and build through the draft. When you sign big name free agents you almost always have to overpay. Also one of the top 4 or 5 corners should be there at 33 and if you have to wait till 66 there should be a quality corner still available.

    • LukeNSims

      I hope you’re right about the draft! You’re spot on about not spending too much money in free agency and the pass rush. It’s, sadly, all too true.

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