Starters- Reggie Nelson, Gerald Sensabaugh. Backups- Sammy Knight, Jamaal Fudge, Lamont Thompson.
Reggie Nelson was the Jaguars first-round pick last April, and ended up starting 15 of the team's 16 games. Nelson has physical abilities that can't be taught, as he has big game playmaking type of skills which was evidenced by his 5 interceptions. Nelson will likely be the Jaguars starting free safety for the foreseeable future assuming he stays healthy.
Contract status: Nelson is under contract through 2011 (rookie deal).
Contract status: Sensabaugh is a restricted free agent. The Jaguars will likely place a second- round tender on him.
Contract status: Knight is an unrestricted free agent.
Contract status: Fudge is an exclusive rights free agent.
Contract status: Thompson is under contract through 2008.
Other free agent options that could be available: Chris Crocker, Deke Cooper, Madieu Williams, Ken Hamlin, Nick Ferguson, Will Demps, Benny Sapp, Mike Doss, Eugene Wilson, Jay Bellamy, and Gibril Wilson.
Who makes sense: Hamlin had a very solid year and could be an immediate upgrade if Wayne Weaver wants to spend the type of cash that it would take to get the 27 year old. Doss, Ferguson, and Crocker could be good depth type of acquisitons, and Gibril Wilson could be a moderately priced upgrade.
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