Dec 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross (31) on the sideline during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jaguars 34-18. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Ross: Time With Jags Was A Vacation

Sep 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (center) is upended by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross (31) as strong safety Dawan Landry (26) assists during the second quarter at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Jaguar cornerback Aaron Ross was recently speaking with NFL AM about his last season spent with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  During the course of the interview he said something that made his lack of effort on the field make perfect sense:

It was a nice paid vacation to Florida.

While I was disturbed that Ross was fleecing the Jaguars with his poor play after he signed a big free agent deal to join the team, I didn’t think that his attitude would be so cavalier about the poor play he displayed as a professional athlete.

Ross was one of the first cuts new general manager Dave Caldwell made when arriving in Jacksonville.  At the time Caldwell made it known that he was shaping the roster based on performance and not the money.  With that in mind, it made sense that Ross was cut.  He had lost his starting job to a sixth round rookie and looked lost in nickel coverage.

Ross bounced back to his old team, the New York Giants, shortly after being cut by the Jaguars.  His season of poor play must have hurt his value, however, as he signed just a one-year deal with a team he won two Super Bowls with and started a whole season for just a few short years ago.

- Luke N. Sims

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