Jaguars open to longer deals in free agency this year


Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell avoided offering contracts longer than two years when was steering the team through free agency last year because it was the first year of a new regime and they wanted the flexibility to adjust the roster as needed. 

Things are going to be a bit different the second time around. Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union reports that Caldwell indicated an openness to deals stretching three or four years once free agency opens next month as the Jaguars move into the next phase of roster building. There’s also a willingness to spend a bit more, although the team isn’t expected to hand out huge deals. 

Caldwell said that he plans to be aggressive in the opening days of free agency, targeting the players that the Jags have identified as top priorities, before sitting back and waiting for prices to drop for other players of interest.

“We need to let the market settle and see where an opportunity presents itself to get some guys a week or two later,” Caldwell said.

Stellino predicts guard and center will be at the top of the team’s shopping list because of both need and the fact that they tend to come with gentler price tags than players at some other positions. 

4 responses to “Jaguars open to longer deals in free agency this year

  1. They really don’t have an option BUT to spend more with the way the cap is, right? The Jags have so much money under the cap right now and the rookie scale on the draft is to thank for that.

  2. With the cash 50+Million under the cap I’d say the Jags could grab a Center,Guard,Wide Receiver, and Defensive End the first few open days. Then grab a few next tier players like Outside Linebackers, Safety,Defensive Tackle and maybe a Tight End to compete with Marcedes Lewis. My Free Agent wish list… 1st days of free agency(barring re-signs and franchise tags)
    1-Browns-C-Alex Mack-28
    2-Bengals-DE-Greg Hardy-26
    3-Cheifs-OG-Geoff Schwartz-27
    4-Broncos-WR-Eric Decker-27
    5-Eagles-QB-Micheal Vick-34-(tutor)
    6-Redskins-OLB-Brian Orakpo-28
    7-Broncos-RB-Knowshon Moreno-27
    8-Rams-Rodger Saffold-OG-26
    9-Panthers-Mike Mitchell-S-26
    10-Packers-Jermichael Finley-TE-27

    My early 1st 3 Draft picks are a toss up depending on who we get in free agency.
    RD-1-Jadeveon Clowney-DE-South Carolina
    RD-2-Derek Carr-QB-Fresno State
    RD-3-David Yankey-G-Stanford
    Wish list of a hopeful Jag Fan.

  3. Whoa, a rare sighting… It’s a jags fan… Haven’t seen one since August lol. FA is not the right way to build a team. It’s through the draft. Look at the seahawks.

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