Jan 18, 2013; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars new general manager Dave Caldwell answers questions from the media after a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agency Will Be A Bridge For Jaguars


Jan 18, 2013; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell is surrounded by the media after a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell was talking with Sports Final Radio recently and provided some insight as to what may be going on in free agency for the Jaguars.  The team has openly stated that they will not be major players in free agency, meaning that they aren’t looking to sign those top-tier players who are going to command massive contracts from teams.  This is largely due to the Jaguars needing a near complete roster overhaul this offseason.

When asked about not being completely absent in free agency, Caldwell responded:

 We’re looking for good solid players that fit our age bracket that can provide not only some leadership capabilities but some depth for our guys if we draft some young guys and have to play young guys early on, that these guys are going to be the bridge and help us get to the next level.

The draft is going to be the focus for the Jaguars as they try to build their team up from a very limited foundation.  The Jags will likely find a few second or third-tier players in free agency to bridge between young player development and the next couple of drafts.  Some pieces may stick but others won’t.  At least that’s the way I’m reading it.

Expect the Jaguars to go out and get who they want, but don’t expect it to turn your heads and cause your mouth to hang open in shock.  It would be pleasant to get a player who sticks with the Jaguars for a long time, but expect them to be a bridge to a greater era of Jacksonville Jaguars football.

Free agency can’t come soon enough.

- Luke N. Sims

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