NEEDS/DRAFT PRIORITIES: DE -- This was a painfully obvious void once Tony Brackens was sidelined for good with a knee injury. With Brackens recovering from microfracture surgery and his status uncertain at draft time, the Jaguars may well elect to release him after June 1 to save $5.5 million off their cap, especially after the signing of Hugh Douglas.
LB -- Coach Jack Del Rio is adamant about wanting to get better speed at this position, even after the addition of Mike Peterson.
WR -- Jimmy Smith, now 34, desperately needs an impact player on the other side to get double teams off him. Andre Johnson, from the University of Miami, could be a solution with the No. 8 overall pick.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: Donovan Darius.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: QB Kent Graham (journeyman that team will let go elsewhere); RB Stacey Mack (team would love to keep him, but he wants the chance to start elsewhere); TE Pete Mitchell (team talking to free agent Ernie Conwell could mean Mitchell is history); LB Wali Rainer (team's leading tackler in 2002, but not an impact player); DT Larry Smith (underachiever for most of his four years, but improved last season).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Ainsley Battles (tendered at $605,000 with no compensation; decent backup who can play either safety spot); LB Danny Clark (tendered at $605,000 with 7th-round pick as compensation; a tad slow for starter and may be a future backup); OG Leander Jordan (tendered at $605,000 with 3rd-round pick as compensation; team sorely needs offensive line depth); LB T.J. Slaughter (tendered at $605,000 with 3rd-round pick as compensation; four-game suspension last year slowed his progress); DE Paul Spicer (tendered at $605,000 with no compensation; occasional starter and probably the most dependable backup on the team); CB Kiwaukee Thomas (tendered at $605,000 with 5th-round pick as compensation; solid in nickel coverage, but not starting material).
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: P Chris Hanson (tendered at $375,000; team's only Pro Bowl selection); RB Elvis Joseph (tendered at $375,000).
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: RB Dan Alexander (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); PK Danny Boyd (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); LB Bobby Brooks (RFA; $605,000/1 yr); DE Chris Combs (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); S Donovin Darius (Franchise FA; $3.043M/1 yr); OT Drew Inzer (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); OT Dave Kadela (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); WR Kevin Lockett (UFA; $555,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000); DE Javor Mills (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); WR Jimmy Redmond (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); WR Micah Ross (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); CB Steve Smith (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); OG Daryl Terrell (cut; $555,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000); LB Joe Tuipala (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); FB Patrick Washington (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); LS Joe Zelenka (UFA; $555,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000).
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: DE Hugh Douglas (UFA Eagles; $27.11M/5 yrs, $6M SB; 2003 cap: $1.855M); FB Marc Edwards (UFA Patriots; $3M/3 yrs, $875,000 SB); WR Donald Hayes (FA Patriots; 1 yr, terms unknown); WR/KR Jermaine Lewis (FA Texans; $2.9M/3 yrs, $1M SB); DT Reggie McGrew (FA; $530,000/1 yr, no SB; 2003 cap: $450,000); LB Keith Mitchell (UFA Texans; $1M/1 yr, $250,000 SB); LB Mike Peterson (UFA Colts; $20.4M/6 yrs, SB unknown).
PLAYERS LOST: CB Robert Bean (cut); OT Derrick Chambers (cut); OT Todd Fordham (UFA Steelers; $2.4M/3 yrs, SB unknown); WR Patrick Johnson (UFA Redskins; $680,000/1 yr, $150,000 SB); OG Aaron Koch (cut); WR Bobby Shaw (UFA Bills; $2.68M/3 yrs, SB unknown); C John Wade (UFA Buccaneers; $5.5M/4 yrs, $1M SB); OT Zach Wiegert (UFA Texans; $17M/5 yrs, $3.5M SB).
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