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Jaguars may turn attention to Olivier Vernon

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have many millions to spend. After spending many millions on Malik Jackson, they still have many millions more to spend.

Jeff Darlington of NFL Media reports that the Jaguars next may spend many millions on Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon.

The Dolphins have applied the transition tender to Vernon, giving them only the right to match any offer sheet Vernon signs elsewhere. Jacksonville has the space to load up the 2016 cap number to an amount that the Dolphins can’t or won’t match.

The Jaguars, as one source recently explained it to PFT, have a list of four or five targets for the early days of free agency. After they get (or don’t get) that group, they’ll regroup and focus on players that may be available in the second wave.

With a total cap number of $190 million available in 2016 and $90 million in open space, reportedly, the Jaguars have the money to both splurge on new players and to hold back for extending the contracts of key young players after the 2016 regular season ends. The goal will be to supplement the roster with some older players to compensate for a string of bad drafts that included drafting punter Bryan Anger while players like Vernon, Russell Wilson, Mohamed Sanu, Nick Foles, T.Y. Hilton, Lamar Miller, Travis Benjamin, Kirk Cousins, Jaye Howard, Malik Jackson, Josh Norman, Marvin Jones, Alfred Morris, and Danny Trevathan were on the board.

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18 Responses to “Jaguars may turn attention to Olivier Vernon”
  1. footstepsfalco says: Mar 8, 2016 5:35 PM

    Punters are people too.

  2. jaxcliff says: Mar 8, 2016 5:41 PM

    Blah blah blah, hindsight is always 20-20. All the other teams passed on them too because NOBODY knew they’d amount to anything.

  3. fanofpft says: Mar 8, 2016 5:46 PM

    Yeah but a 3rd rounder for one? ^

    Jax should win FA

  4. razzlejag says: Mar 8, 2016 5:51 PM

    Agree with Jaxcliff. Another cheap shot at the Jaguars. Don’t forget they missed out on Tom Brady too. And the tarps, don’t forget the tarps.

  5. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 5:51 PM

    “The goal will be to supplement the roster with some older players to compensate for a string of bad drafts that included drafting….”

    Which is the same goal for “perennial offseason champions” the Miami Dolphins.

  6. Kingmj4891 says: Mar 8, 2016 5:52 PM

    razzlejag says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:51 PM
    Agree with Jaxcliff. Another cheap shot at the Jaguars. Don’t forget they missed out on Tom Brady too. And the tarps, don’t forget the tarps.

    _________________

    Didn’t they replace those traps with a pool?

  7. mcjon22 says: Mar 8, 2016 5:58 PM

    As a Dolphins fan,

    If you want to pay Vernon more than the $12.7 mil he’s tagged for be my guest.

    The guy had 7.5 sacks last year, not 17.5.

    He’s good, but not worth more than $10 million a year.

  8. jagsfanugh says: Mar 8, 2016 6:17 PM

    Gene Smith. What a con man.

  9. cardinalsfan20 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:23 PM

    The offense is already explosive. Keep adding quality defensive FAs and some high defensive draft picks, this team will be dangerous.

  10. hurricane73 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:24 PM

    The Jags are just spending like an American in Mexico.

    They can be afford to spend more to get a better product.

    Get your laughs in ASAP. The old Jags are being left behind.

  11. justintuckrule says: Mar 8, 2016 6:31 PM

    Guess none of these players want to win.

  12. madnova says: Mar 8, 2016 6:35 PM

    That fan base has just been kicking themselves over missing out on Nick Foles.

  13. pioniere says: Mar 8, 2016 6:55 PM

    Well, to be fair, for several of those players they were passed over by the entire league once or twice.

  14. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 8, 2016 6:57 PM

    Anger in the 3rd was a reach but he has had a better career as a punter than some of the people drafted ahead of him.

    Brandon Weeden, AJ Jenkins, Isiah Pead to name a few. Wilson came after those guys too.

  15. 1986wake says: Mar 8, 2016 7:19 PM

    7.5 sack last year. If someone pays him more than 10-12 mill a year. You should be fired. He could only get 7.5 sacks with suh and wake in the d-line even though wake got hurt half way though the season. Let’s see how he does when he’s the one getting chipped and double teamed(5sacks?)

  16. jerranamo says: Mar 8, 2016 8:03 PM

    The article should mention that the 3rd rd pick for the (K) Bryan Anger was also the work of the PREVIOUS GM and not the current GM Dave Caldwell.

  17. fanofpft says: Mar 8, 2016 9:01 PM

    When you have he likes of Wake, Suh and now Williams. Shelby could probably replicate last years stats Vernon had. I hope they resign Shelby.

  18. BigVinnyInJax says: Mar 8, 2016 9:48 PM

    Didn’t ever team pass on Morris like SIX TIMES???

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