After nearly five years of a shaky quarterback situation, the Jaguars have appeared to have finally found their guy in David Garrard, and their offense took great strides in 2007. Garrard led the team to the most points in team history and the seventh overall offensive ranking last year, despite not having a legitimate number one receiver. If Garrard and the Jaguars are going to take the next step toward a championship, they must find a receiver that can stretch the field and put fear in defensive coordinators and opposing secondaries.
New England may have just made that player available to the highest bidder as they failed to franchise soon to be free agent wide receiver Randy Moss. There are many arguments that can be made both for and against the Jaguars signing Randy Moss, and we at JagNation will explore both arguments in this two-part series. In the first segment, we will display some of the reasons why the Jaguars should be interested in the Patriots record-breaking receiver.
The first and only reason the Jaguars, or any other NFL team would sign Moss is obviously his on field abilities. Randy Moss is a game-breaker, and he's legitimately one of the very best receivers to ever put on a uniform. Moss has 124 touchdown receptions in 154 career games, and has earned six Pro Bowl selections. Although Moss is a 10-year veteran and just turned 31 years old, he's coming off a season in which he set the NFL record for touchdown receptions with 23.
Randy Moss could give David Garrard the deep threat that he needs, and open up the rest of the field for the other Jaguars pass catchers, such as Reggie Williams, Marcedes Lewis, and Dennis Northcutt. Moss is a player that defensive coordinators don't dare to cover with one player, and he routinely beats double coverage. His presence on the field makes everything easier for his teammates, and he could elevate the Jaguars already efficient offense to elite status.
The Jaguars appear to be close to a championship level team, and Moss would likely put them over the edge and make a legitimate contender if added to the roster. Imagine a Jaguars offense lining up with Fred Taylor or Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield, with Marcedes Lewis at tight end and Randy Moss, Reggie Williams, and Dennis Northcutt split out wide. I'm not sure if the Jaguars would have the record setting statistics as the Patriots did in 2007, but they would certainly be considered as one of the top handful of offenses in the NFL.
At this point it's unclear how much money Randy Moss will ask for, or receive in free agency. Taking Moss' age into account (31 years old), and his history of somewhat erratic behavior, teams aren't going to be lining up to throw money at Moss despite his on the field exploits. The Jaguars are reportedly more than $30 million under the salary cap and they certainly have the room to take a chance on a player that could put them over the top. Signing Moss would definitely be a risky move, but not signing a player who could put your team over the top could be even riskier.
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