Tag:Jacksonville Jaguars
Posted on: March 5, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: March 5, 2011 10:08 am

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two promising but befuddling wide receivers will be on the open market once free agency presumably gets underway in a week or so. As we wrote yesterday, the Jaguars have indeed parted ways with Mike Sims-Walker. The four-year pro can, at hisJ. Jones (US Presswire) best, be a watered down version of Brandon Marshall. At his worst, however, he’s an inconsistent injury magnet. Nevertheless, Sims-Walker has the talent to be a viable starter at the pro level.

So does Packers wideout – or, now, former Packers wideout – James Jones. The Packers have decided not to tender the four-year pro.
Yes, Jones is known for his prominent drops (fumbles and muffed receptions have been a bugaboo for him). But Jones has the length, speed, quickness and body control to be a matchup problem outside or, especially, in the slot. He recorded 50 catches for 679 yards in 2011.

Jones was only allowed to hit free agency because the Packers have plenty of depth at wide receiver (Jordy Nelson is on pace to replace the still-viable Donald Driver as the No. 2 receiver, Brett Swain is capable of handling No. 4 duties and super freak Jermichael Finley will be returning as the team’s most dangerous slot weapon in 2011.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:13 pm

Sims-Walker: 'My time is up' in Jacksonville

Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Sims-Walker exploded onto the scene for the Jaguars in 2009, catching 63 balls for 869 yards and seven touchdowns. He regressed in 2010 -- 43 catches, 562 yards, though he did snare seven touchdowns again) -- and it appears the team won't be bringing him back for 2011.

That's according to the proverbial horse's mouth, as Sims-Walker tweeted Thursday night that his "time is up" with the Jaguars.

"its official, I personally wanna thank all the fans who stuck with me in jacksonville for the last 4 years but sorry to say my time is up!!" Sims-Walker tweeted.

Sims-Walker joins a reasonably stout group of free agent wideouts, including the likes of Sidney Rice (not signing with Minnesota), Santonio Holmes (not retained by the Jets) and Santana Moss (not returning to Washington).

He'll still fetch a decent deal whenever free agency opens, because he's young and has been productive before, but getting dumped by a wideout-needy team like Jacksonville won't do a ton to boost his stock.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:22 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 8:26 am

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Bob Sanders has been on a tour of various NFL teams over the past week or so -- he swung by Buffalo, visited with Jacksonville and checked in with Rex Ryan's New York squad -- since being released by Indianapolis. But a surprise suitor: the San Diego Chargers, who announced Thursday night that they've signed the former Defensive Player of the Year.

"We are all very excited to add Bob Sanders to our defense," General Manager A.J. Smith said. "We have always held him in high regard. He's a smart, physical, instinctive player. His intensity and playmaking ability can make an immediate impact on our defense."

The Chargers didn't exactly struggle against the pass last season -- they actually ranked No. 1 in passing yards allowed -- but Sanders equates to a calculated gamble that could pay off huge dividends.

[Judge: Sanders the difference in San Diego?]

"There’s no question I'm excited. The fact that Bob was available and excited about being here and then having it work out is great," Head Coach Norv Turner said. "Our guys have unbelievable respect for him and what he's done through the years. Certainly he knows what we’re capable of doing, so it’s a great fit."

The timing is quite interesting, because the NFL and NFLPA just reached a 24-hour extension on CBA negotiations, leaving the window for teams to sign players open another day (although Sanders would probably have had until 11:59 PM EST to ink the deal anyway).

[Prisco: Signing Sanders a good move for Chargers]

While many teams have spent the day dropping costs like crazy by cutting players, the Chargers apparently felt the need to take a calculated gamble on the oft-injured Sanders in an attempt to strengthen to their defense. If Sanders returns to his Pro Bowl form, he'll make one of the best defenses in the league from last year even more dangerous.

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:22 pm

Hot Routes 3.2.11: Gary Wichard got served

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • The North Carolina Secretary of State's office sent a search warrant to Bank of America demanding a pile of financial records relating to suspended NFL agent Gary Wichard's financial activity from January 2009 on. This is important to the NFL, because it could -- conceivably -- open up a can of worms with relation to other players, other coaches and pay-for-play accusations. It's way more important to the NCAA side of things, however, because Elaine Marshall's office is currently investigating the big pile of dirty things that happened on Chapel Hill's campus. Of course, Marvin Austin, the guy at the center of this warrant, is about to be an NFL'er, so there's that too.
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:19 pm

Bob Sanders visiting Jets Wednesday

Posted by Will Brinson

Free agent safety Bob Sanders continued his tour around the NFL Wednesday, stopping by to check out the New York Jets.

That's according to Manish Mehta of the New York Post, who also notes that the top priority for the Jets is determining if Sanders can pass a physical.

Sanders, released by Indianapolis last month, had previously visited the Bills and Jaguars. Rex Ryan's crew is an intriguing fit for the oft-injured Sanders, because he'd be a tremendous asset (if he can stay healthy) and the Jets don't exactly have a pile of healthy safeties laying around.

There's some belief that the Colts could be waiting to see what the market Bears out for Sanders and then attempt to re-sign him; his five-year, $37.5 million deal with Indy was just too much to bear for the team given the nine games he'd played in since 2007.

If Sanders can clear physicals with a number of teams -- he already cleared the Jaguars' test according to Jack Del Rio -- then he'll stand a pretty good chance of eventually landing a decent veteran deal from a team with a safety need.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:39 pm

Report: Patriots sign DT Marcus Stroud

Posted by Will Brinson

As the window for teams and players to talk contract gets increasingly smaller, the Patriots have shored up their defensive line depth by signing defensive tackle Marcus Stroud.

That's according ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reports that the Pats have signed Stroud to a two-year deal.

Stroud is a three-time Pro Bowler who piled up big stats with the Jacksonville Jaguars during his seven years there after being drafted 13th overall.

After being traded to the Bills in 2008, he never topped three sacks in a single season and struggled on the front line of an absolutely abysmal rush defense, particularly as Buffalo moved to a 3-4 defense in 2010.

The 32-year-old was released by Buffalo a few weeks ago and now finds himself on the roster of a divisional rival.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:32 pm

Jaguars place franchise tag on TE Marcedes Lewis

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on tight end Marcedes Lewis, the team announced Wednesday.

Lewis and the Jaguars have been in discussions about a long-term deal, and it was expected, as we noted earlier, that they would tag him, if only to give the talks an extension.

Lewis previously referred to the tag as a "Catch-22" and a "sticky situation," but the fact of the matter is he'll be hard-pressed not to accept the $7 million-plus that the one-year tender gives him.

[Related: Franchise Tag Tracker]

Of course, it may not be necessary -- if the two sides can reach a deal before the CBA expires on March 4, Lewis could end up with a substantially larger pay day.

Lewis, who racked up career highs of 700 yards along with 10 touchdowns and 58 catches, now only faces the questions of 1) how long he'll be in Jacksonville and 2) whether or not he can repeat the success he had in 2010.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 4:26 pm

Marcedes Lewis likely to get Jags' franchise tag?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jaguars are in the midst of working on a long-term deal with 2010 breakout Marcedes Lewis.

But if they can't get one done by Thursday, they'll likely be hitting the tight end with the franchise tag, per Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

It's apparently "unlikely" that the two sides will reach a deal by Thursday's franchise tag deadline, and Ganguli cites sources that believe the Jaguars are "not especially optimistic a deal will get done" in time to utilize the franchise tag elsewhere.

Although Lewis doesn't sound particularly optimistic about being tagged either.

"That's like a Catch-22 because you can look at it two ways. OK, they franchised me so they want to keep me here to play," Lewis said per Ganguli. "But then if that was the case, then why not just sign me to a long-term deal? You don't know what to think. At that point, you don't know how the feel about you.

"Why one year? That's a sticky situation right there. At the same time, I don't have no control over that. I'm going to continue to get better."

Lewis, a first-rounder out of UCLA, finally broke out in his fifth season with the Jaguars last year, as he piled up 700 yards and 10 touchdowns along with 58 catches, all by far career highs.

If he's franchised, he'll make more than $7 million in 2011, but the Jags intent here seems to be that the tag simply provides insurances that they'll be able to get him signed to a long-term deal before the season starts.

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