Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell outlined an aggressive approach to the offseason during his season-ending press conference, leading to large spending speculation.
After the 2014 season ended at 3-13, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell finally opened up the check book and started luring people in with big contracts.
For some players, like Green Bay Packers backup cornerback Davon House, it was a smart gamble on a player with potential. For other players, like defensive lineman Jared Odrick, there was decent return on a player who helped fill a gap for at least a year. Either way, the money had to be spent.
2015 looks to be another opportunity for Caldwell to lure talent to the Jacksonville area. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the most cap space for 2015 by far and that ‘mountain of cap space’ will be paired with eight draft picks for Caldwell to turn the underperforming defense around.
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Caldwell also noted that there is a lot of work to do and that he is going to be aggressive.
What this means for many who follow the Jaguars is that we can expect a re-hash of the 2014 offseason, filled with speculation about which high-priced and big name free agents may be willing to come to the Jaguars. Whether it’s someone like free safety Eric Weddle, coveted center Alex Mack, or a pass rusher like Von Miller, there will be plenty of speculation surrounding free agency until it officially opens.
The Jags missed out on a few of their highly prized free agent options – most notable among them being free safety Devin McCourty and wide receiver Randall Cobb – because they were re-signed to their teams last year. Tight end Julius Thomas was the big gain for the Jags and he proved to be a valuable touchdown-scoring option for quarterback Blake Bortles.
It’s exciting to see the Jaguars go after players that can help complete the team and make them more competitive. Caldwell noted that the team is getting closer to competing for championships so it will be less about building a foundation and more about building a contender going forward.