Jaguars want to talk contract with Chad Henne before free agency


Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne is scheduled to become a free agent on March 11, but the Jaguars are interested in signing him to a new deal before that.

Jacksonville General Manager Dave Caldwell said he plans to reach out to Chad Henne’s agent before free agency starts. Caldwell would like to keep Henne around at the right price, but he doesn’t know if any other team might be interested in paying Henne more than the Jaguars are willing to spend.

You never know,” Caldwell said, via the Florida Times-Union. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a big market or a small market. All it takes is one team.”

Henne is no one’s idea of a star, but he is a competent veteran who could be good to have around as the Jaguars groom the rookie quarterback they’re expected to draft in the first round. The Jaguars could do a lot worse than to have Henne alongside Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles.

In fact, the Jaguars have done a lot worse: Their last first-round draft pick, Blaine Gabbert, is still under contract for the 2014 season. Gabbert, however, doesn’t appear to have any future with the team, unless it’s as a third-stringer behind both a rookie and Henne.

19 responses to “Jaguars want to talk contract with Chad Henne before free agency

  1. The Hen boy will never be a franchise QB , but I swear that guy is tougher than shoe leather ; he could probably play linebacker if he wanted to.

  2. With Matt Cassel and Chad Henne already available, the QB free agent market is going to be on FIAH this year!

  3. It’s Biff Bortles. If Biff is good enough for his mom, it’s damn sure good enough for you.

  4. Gabbert beat him out for the starting job both years Henne was in Jax. For different coaching staffs. What makes anyone think that will change this year? Blaine is healthy now for the first time in about two years, and it’s the first time in his career he’s had the luxury of working with the same staff and system two years in a row.

    I’d be surprised if they offer Chad more than backup wages. He turns 29 before training camp starts. What you’ve seen is all you get.

  5. Yesterday at the fan forum Dave Caldwell said they might draft a quarterback in the third to sixth round. Why isn’t that included in these stories? Unless Manziel, Bridgewater, and Bortles fall that far in the draft it doesn’t seem they are likely targets of the Jaguars.

  6. @ TheGreatGabbert — your gridiron idol in no way shape or form ever beat out Chad Henne , the staff handed him the job because both players were relatively even in preseason competition , and the team had just traded up to tenth overall pick in the 2011 draft to acquire Gabbert , so they had little choice in the matter to avoid looking foolish.

  7. I’m not sure just who is the more delusional about Gabbert’s future, thegreat gabbert or the actual Gabbert. It is indeed cute to see such dedication….. however misplaced.

  8. Not the guy I like seeing start for my Jags, but I’ll give him credit…he seems like a great guy to have in the locker room and like someone said above, he’ll take the news of a rookie starting over him (if that’s the case) in stride and just keep competing. Who knows, he might even surprise people with a competent line, WR corps. and a decent running back to support. Welcome back to Jax Chad

  9. Besides being 29 and a failure with a losing record here and in Miami he throws too many interceptions. Cannot move the ball on third downs and leads the NFL in most passes that are blocked at line of scrimmage. While Blaine seems to have been written off he still is a talent at 24 would so much room to grow. He’s got a stinger arm and let’s face it being on the bench created a resolve and better understanding of the system. If he goes he will bite us in the ass someday!

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