The Jacksonville Jaguars free agency free-for-all started off with a bang on Tuesday, signing three of their top five targets to the team. That’s huge for a small “undesirable” market like Jacksonville, especially with an abysmal 7-25 record over the last two seasons.
Things could finally be on the rise for the Jaguars and it’s pretty plain to see for most everyone that GM Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley are putting together something special.
While the emphasis of that rebuild has been on creating a sustainable franchise by drafting quality players with a few home run hits, the Jags entered the 2015 NFL Free Agency period with plenty of cap space and had to spend, spend, spend. The guys following are a result of that spending and will be important members of the Jaguars’ rebuild going forward.
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Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Jermey Parnell (78) watches a replay on the video screen during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
OT Jermey Parnell, 5 Years, $32 million
Parnell’s deal with the Jaguars was one of those that broke early, before free agency officially began. It’s big news for the Jags because they needed to fill the void at right tackle that was manned mostly by Austin Pasztor last season (he was also re-signed this week as an exclusive rights free agent). Parnell comes in with limited starting experience, but his time helping the Dallas Cowboys’ superb offensive line last season was enough for Caldwell to be intrigued and take a chance.
Because Jermey Parnell’s work is unproven to this point and because the Jags are banking on him improving, I gave this signing a B-. He’s expected to come in and lock down the right tackle spot for the Jaguars and if he proves unable to do that, then the Jags are right back where they started and they’ll be left holding the bag on a large contract for a player that isn’t fulfilling their goals.
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