What looked like a done deal just a few days ago has become a puzzling situation. In case you turned off your phone and haven’t watched TV in the last 72 hours, all signs pointed to the Jacksonville Jaguars hiring Byron Leftwich as their head coach. However, it looks like the presence of general manager Trent Baalke is holding up the process.
Leftwich seemingly told the Jags that it’s either ‘Baalke or him‘ and if he lands the job, he will bring Arizona Cardinals vice president of pro scouting Adrian Wilson with him to be the general manager. While the organization might ultimately move on from Baalke, there’s a roadblock to hiring Wilson. Jacksonville would have to hire another minority candidate to satisfy the Rooney Rule. As Demetrius Harvey of Big Cat Country noted, this is crazy when you take into account that Wilson is a minority candidate himself and should face no hurdles to fill the position.
It’s possible that the Jaguars are taking care of the fine details of the process and hiring Leftwich and Wilson could be a matter of when and not if. Once they make it official, the team’s brass will need to turn their attention to infusing the roster with both talent and depth.
Fortunately, Wilson would have 12 draft selections and around $ 60 million in cap space at his disposal, per Spotrac. He could use that money to sign some of the players he help acquire when he was in the desert. In particular, he could pursue these four Cardinals free agents this offseason.