10 worst free agent signings in Jacksonville Jaguars franchise history

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back E.J. Biggers (31) and Jacksonville Jaguars WR Kassim Osgood (81) at Jacksonville EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Worst free agent in Jacksonville Jaguars history: Kassim Osgood, WR

Special teams players don’t always get the recognition they deserve but they play a pivotal role in a game. For example, Kassim Osgood was a pivotal contributor for the then-San Diego Chargers and went on to make three Pro Bowls as a member of their coverage units.

The Jags saw the kind of impact Osgood had for the Bolts and decided to sign him to a three-year worth $6.675 million in 2010. This was a solid signing on paper, as the former San Diego State Aztec had the potential to solidify their special teams. The problem was that Jacksonville saw Osgood was listed as a wide receiver on the Chargers roster and gave him ample time on offense.

It never hurts to give special teams players a few more snaps on offense. Dante Hall was mainly a returner throughout most of his NFL career but the Kansas City Chiefs had him line up at wide receiver at times and it paid off. The problem was that Osgood wasn’t a particularly great pass-catcher but the Jaguars still try to force-feed him the football.

The results were the ones everyone but the Jaguars expected and the coaching staff quickly pulled off the plug after one season. The final result? Six receptions for 60 yards on 16 targets in 2010. Osgood focused on his more familiar role on special teams the following season and was given the boot in 2012.

Surprisingly, Osgood went on to play for three more years, two for the Detroit Lions and one for the San Francisco 49ers. Compared to some of the worst signings in Jaguars’ history, that makes Osgood kind of successful.