Starters: LDT Marcus Stroud, RDT John Henderson; Backups: Rob Meier, Derek Landri, Grady Jackson, Tony McDaniel.
Marcus Stroud just finished his second consecutive season where he missed significant time with leg/ankle injuries, and also a drug suspension (performance enhancing). Stroud had surgery last offseason and didn't seem to play anywhere near the level of when he was a Pro Bowler a few years ago. Marcus will turn 30 before training camp, and his future with the team is in some doubt due to his recent injury history.
Contract status: Stroud is under contract through 2010, but he is due to earn $5M in salary in 2008, $5.5M in 2009, and $6M in 2010. The team may ask him to take a pay cut, as Stroud hasn't lived up to those salary numbers in two or three years.
Contract status: Henderson is under contract through 2011.
Contract status: Meier is under contract through 2008. With the Jaguars influx of youth at the defensive tackle position, don't expect the team to offer Meier any extension prior to the end of the season based on his age (31 before the start of next year) and the team's depth at the position.
Contract status: Jackson is an unrestricted free agent. The Jaguars should try to re-sign Jackson in case Stroud can't go and the younger guys aren't ready to go. Jackson turned out to be one of the team's best free agent signings in 2007.
Contract status: Landri is under contract through the 2010 season (rookie deal).
Contract status: McDaniel is under contract through the 2008 season before becoming a restricted free agent.
Other free agent options that could be available: Corey Williams, Brian Young, Ian Scott, Kimo Von Oelhoffen, Chuck Darby, Ellis Wyms, Albert Haynesworth, Randy Starks, and Shaun Rogers (currently under contract but rumored to be on the market).
Who makes sense? Haynesworth is the best option available, but it would be shocking if Tennessee let him hit the market. Rogers is very talented, but what would the price be? As you can plainly see by the list of free agent options, teams in the NFL tend to lock up their talented big guys for the long term.
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