Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton celebrates a sack. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
For every Bryce Paup, there is a Paul Posluszny. Jerry Porter is the devil, but Keenan McCardell is an angel. I may curse the day we signed Hugh Douglas, but feel blessed to have had Clyde Simmons & Natrone Means on my team. Free agency is a saucy tart. Loving you long time while picking your pocket. The Jags have seen both sides, usually the worse side. The Dave Caldwell and his staff have been batting well over .500 since taking over from Gene “You can take everything…Just don’t hurt me!!” Smith. They appear to be having a banner year in 2014 also. I would like to humbly offer a few other candidates to wear the Black and Teal. (HA HA…Product Placement!!)
Players that may be generating interest so don’t miss the boat:
- Corey Wootton/DL/Bears/26 yrs old/6-6/270 lbs – As you see, Corey is listed as a DL. That is because he has played every position on the front line. He’s played them well I might add. Versatility is something this team should embrace because too often we’ve had injuries and had to bring starters of the streets. It would be nice to have a collection of players who are multi-faceted. Four years, 60 tackles, 10 sacks, 4 forced fumbles. Give him a shot if he lingers unsigned much longer.
- Robert Ayers/DE/Broncos/28 yrs old/6-3/274 lbs – With the DE signings we’ve already performed, this would be a luxury. He’s also a little older than the system. I will say though he was a first round selection and has not missed many games in his five years in the league. He lost his starting position in 2012, yet he still managed to put up 45 tackles and 7.5 sacked in limited play over the last two years. That’s productive and you wouldn’t have to pay him starter money.
- Kendrick Lewis/FS/Chiefs/25 yrs old/6-0/198 lbs – Correct height. Correct weight. Correct age. A position of need. This guy checks every box. In four years, he has 130 tackles, 6 INTs, along with 19 passes defended. He even has a pick six. Long story short…take all this into consideration and he is PERFECT.
- Arthur Moats/OLB/Bills/26 yrs old/6-2/250 lbs – He was a team captain in college. He won the Buck Buchanan award as a top defensive player his senior year. Since joining the Bills, he has played both OLB and DE. In four years, he has put up 141 tackles, 5 sacks, and the winner of the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his community work. Sounds like a good player who could be not only a leader in the locker room and a player the fans could be proud of.
- Cassius Vaughn/CB/Colts/26 yrs old/5-11/195 lbs – He’s not 6 foot, but since entering in 2010 he has 124 tackles, 5 INTs, 19 passes defended, has a pick six and a kickoff return for a TD. I like him. Go get him!
These are all players that are still available and have garnered interest with other teams. The advantage the Jags have is that those other teams are probably only offering back-up positions. In the Gus Bradley playbook, everyone competes and anyone can start if they show heart, skill, and the right attitude. These guys I feel could compete. I hope we find out!
Thanks for the read. I’m going to post another article with some still available free agents we could possibly get on the cheap. Check that one out later!
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