Jaguars Free Agency 2013: Defensive Ends Left To Consider!
By Luke Sims
Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije (71) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
With all this Geno Smith talk it seems logical that the Jacksonville Jaguars should look at free agency to try and solve another need: pass rusher. Defensive ends for the Jags have underperformed seemingly since the dawn of time. With a deep class of defensive ends coming in the NFL Draft it may seem like there will be a plethora of options for the Jaguars to choose from come April. If the Jags instead choose to focus on Smith, corner, right tackle, or any of the other massive needs on the roster, defensive end could still be improved with some guys left after the first few days of free agency.
Here are some more cost effective defensive ends the Jags could take a look at:
- A player I like (though my brother is a Chicago Bears fan, so take that with a grain of salt), Idonije may not be the cheapest option, but he will provide a veteran presence and be one of those bridge players that GM Dave Caldwell is looking for out of free agency.
- Martin is definitely not going to solve the Jaguars hole at defensive end. He has had an up and down career and 2012 was decidedly a down year. He can look good at times and would come really cheap based on his poor performances last season.
- Another Philadelphia Eagle, Tapp would be re-joining Jason Babin if he came down to Jacksonville. He is more consistently above average than Martin and would likely play well in the Jags’ system. Like Martin, he won’t solve the hole, but he could be a player to throw into the rotation.
– Luke N. Sims
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