Starters -- LDE Bobby McCray, RDE Paul Spicer. Backups -- Reggie Hayward, Jeremy Mincey, Brent Hawkins, James Wyche.
Paul Spicer was the Jaguars defensive MVP in 2007 as he was clearly the Jaguars best defensive lineman. Spicer was the only Jaguar who could get any kind of consistent pressure on the quarterback, and drew double teams for most of the year. Spicer will be 33 years old before the beginning of the 2008 season.
Contract status: Spicer is under contract through 2008. The team will likely wait and see if Spicer can duplicate his 2007 performance before offering him any kind of contract extension.
Contract status: McCray is an unrestricted free agent and it's not likely that the Jaguars will re-sign him. McCray has gone on record stating that $5 million/yr. would not be enough to keep him in Jacksonville.
Contract status: Hayward is under contract through 2009. Hayward is due salaries of $3.5 million in 2008, and $5 million in 2009. The Jaguars will likely audition Hayward through training camp to see if he can recover from his injury and then make a decision on him. If he can't play up to his pre-2006 level, the team will likely part ways with him or ask him to take a pay cut.
Contract status: Mincey is under contract through 2008, and then will be a restricted free agent.
Contract status: Hawkins is under contract through 2009.
Contract status: Wyche is an exclusive rights free agent in 2008.
Other free agent options who could be available: Mike Rucker, Justin Smith, Ebenezer Ekuban, Jared Allen, Marques Douglas, Bryant Young, Travis LaBoy, Antwan Odom, Terrell Suggs.
Who makes sense? Jared Allen makes the most sense in the world, but he will likely not get to free agency. Terrell Suggs would be the next best option, but it's likely that he won't hit the market either. Justin Smith and a healthy Mike Rucker would represent an immediate upgrade over the cast that they currently have.
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