Ok, Aaron Ross (released on March 8th) signed a deal with the New York Giants again and Terrance Knighton is set to visit with the Denver Broncos, but the rest of it is pretty quiet. The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t really have any premier players hitting free agency, but the “vigorous” market for cornerback Derek Cox obviously didn’t mean an immediate deal was in place. Cox, Daryl Smith, fullback Greg Jones, and Knighton are all expected to get some looks through free agency.
Yet there isn’t much news about them floating around. They’re players coming from a bad team, but they aren’t lepers!
It’s only day two of free agency, so there’s plenty of time left to go, but it feels like the dust has already settled a bit after a very fast (at least if you’re in the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins) day one. If the trend continues, however, the lack of Jaguars players going to other teams may be the ultimate indictment of Gene Smith’s horrendous roster building.
The NFL New Year is an enlightening time for fans. It was no secret that Smith was a below average general manager, but as things play out, we may see it confirmed that those around the league thought he was doing a poor job as well. Of 18 players from the Jags hitting free agency, not one has been signed in day one and up until 11:00 am on day two.
– Luke N. Sims
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