JagNation Rumor Mill - 03/02/08

The Rumor Mill is chock full of news this week. Who else are the Jaguars looking at? Are there any more trades in the works? What was the actual compensation for defensive tackle Marcus Stroud? Will they make a play for a defensive end or tackle? Check the mill to see what we're hearing from NFL Insiders, league sources and some of our many contacts around the league.

03/02/08- The Jaguars were talking with New England safety Eugene Wilson over the weekend. Wilson hasn't yet visited Jacksonville, and he is still available as of now. Wilson would likely compete with safety Gerald Sensabaugh for the Jaguars starting strong safety position if signed.

Wilson has visits scheduled with Pittsburgh and Tennessee this week.
03/02/08- Kwame Harris reportedly visited the Jaguars yesterday, but there is no contract to report. This came a day after Harris visited Oakland. Harris can play four offensive line positions, but the former first-round pick struggled mightily in a starting role at left tackle in San Francisco.
03/02/08- Former Jaguars offensive tackle/guard Maurice Williams visited with both the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets over the weekend. The door is not closed for a possible return to Jacksonville if Williams doesn't find the type of starter money he's looking for elsewhere.
03/02/08- Jaguars cornerback Aaron Glenn visited with the New Orleans Saints over the weekend, but left without a contract. The 5'9", 183 lb. defensive back was active in just five games last season for Jacksonville, and he will be 36 years old prior to the start of training camp.
03/02/08- Jaguars defensive end Bobby McCray is now former Jaguars defensive end Bobby McCray as he signed a four-year, $20 million contract with New Orleans. McCray received $5 million guaranteed, and will likely be a third down pass rusher.
03/02/08- News on the Marcus Stroud to Buffalo trade-the Jaguars received the Bills third-round pick that they received from Baltimore, and their fifth-round pick that they received from Chicago. Since compensatory picks have not yet been awarded, it is unclear what the actual spots will be, but since Baltimore finished 5-11, and Buffalo finished 7-9, the third-round pick will be better than previously thought. Chicago finished 7-9, an identical record to Buffalo.
03/02/08- Following a report by Yahoo Sports that Jason Taylor was indeed on the trading block, Dolphins new VP Bill Parcells refuted the claim, saying that Taylor will be a Dolphin in 2008, unless he retires.

We at JagNation believe that Parcells is posturing to save any lost trade value. It doesn't make sense that a team that is undergoing a complete reclamation project would keep a 34-year old defensive end, even if he is one of the best defensive players in the game. It would certainly be worth a phone call for the Jaguars to see what compensation would "change Parcells mind" about Taylor. He is the type of player that could put the Jaguars defense over the top.
03/02/08- The Jaguars have addressed needs on offense at wide receiver and backup quarterback, as well as the secondary with the acquisitions of Jerry Porter, Cleo Lemon, and Drayton Florence. Their remains a need on the defensive line and the Jaguars appear to have wisely chosen to wait out the market on second-tiered talent. Some of the players that are still available that the Jaguars could have interest in are Titans defensive end Antwan Odom, Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse, Bucs DE Kevin Carter, Bucs DT Greg Spires, and Falcons DT Rod Coleman.
03/02/08- Jacksonville may have some interest in safeties Mike Doss or Nick Ferguson for depth purposes.
03/02/08- With the Jaguars likely planning to give running back Maurice Jones-Drew more touches on offense, they may look for a full-time replacement on special teams returning kickoffs. Two players that are currently available are former Ravens return-man B.J. Sams, and the Texans Jerome Mathis.
02/28/08 - Ernest Wilford is a free agent, which teams are interested? We are hearing reports of the strongest interest from Buffalo and Minnesota, and don't count out Cleveland. With the Williamson trade, there is virtually no chance Wilford returns to Jacksonville.

03/02/08 Update: Wilford has signed with the Miami Dolphins and received $6 million guaranteed.
02/28/08 - Troy Williamson to Jacksonville- Technically, it's still a rumor.for at least the next 12 hours. Williamson has been dealt to the Jaguars for what's being reported as a sixth-round pick. If the Jaguars coaching staff can fix his hands/mind, they'll have a steal. If not, very little was lost.

03/02/08 Update: Williamson deal is done for a sixth-round pick.
02/28/08 - Is Randy Moss visiting north Florida? Not likely. Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver has shied away from players with Moss' character issues before, and he's not likely to open up the checkbook to the tune of an eight-figure signing bonus for a player with Moss' baggage, when the Jaguars offense is coming off a record breaking season. Expect Moss to re-sign with New England as early as today.

03/02/08 Update: Moss is still hanging in the balance, New England remains the favorite to re-sign the talented receiver, but he's drawing interest from Philadelphia.
02/28/08 - Bernard Berrian? He has great speed without the issues of Moss, but don't expect the Jaguars to be a serious player. There are reports of early interest from Tennessee and Minnesota, as well as San Diego, and don't count out a return to the Bears. Bidding will be way up for this player whose production has grown in each of his four NFL seasons.

03/02/08 Update: Berrian signed with Minnesota.
02/28/08 - Donte Stallworth? Stallworth is a legitimate option for the Jaguars, as he has solid speed and good hands. Stallworth led the Eagles in receiving two years ago, and could be a possible compliment to Reggie Williams.

03/02/08 Update: Stallworth signed with Cleveland.
02/28/08 - Is Mike Walker healthy? Did he have microfracture surgery? JagNation heard directly from his agent, Walker did NOT have microfracture surgery, just a "regular" clean-up procedure. Walker's recovery is said to be on schedule.
02/28/08 - Which free agent defensive end will the Jaguars pursue? The leading candidate remains Justin Smith, formerly of the Bengals. Smith is very good against the run and was able to manufacture some pass rush despite playing with mediocre talent. Smith will likely command better than $15 million in signing bonus money.

03/02/08 Update: Justin Smith signed with San Francisco-$20 million guaranteed.
02/28/08 - Antoine Odom would likely be second on the Jaguars wish list. Odom had three poor, underachieving seasons in Tennessee before breaking out in 2007 with 8.5 sacks. Odom will likely command an eight figure signing bonus.

03/02/08 Update: Odom is still on the market. Antwan Odom, who is widely regarded as the best defensive end remaining in this year's free agency class, is scheduled to visit Arizona. Odom met with Cincinnati over the weekend, and Minnesota is rumored to be interested in his services as well.
02/28/08 - Will Jonathan Vilma be traded to the Jaguars? There have been rumors floating around that the Jaguars may be interested in acquiring Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma. There is some perceived interest by the Jaguars, as well as Detroit and New Orleans. Will it happen? My guess is no. Detroit and New Orleans have a greater need at linebacker and each will likely offer the Jets more trade compensation.

03/02/08 Update: Vilma was traded to New Orleans for a fourth-round pick.
02/28/08 - Is Grady Jackson returning to the Jaguars? Chances are slim. Jackson is 35, and the Jaguars are looking to get younger at defensive tackle, especially with Tony McDaniel returning from injury and Derek Landri playing well in the postseason.

03/02/08 Update: Jackson is still on the market.
02/28/08 - Will Sammy Knight be back? I think so. Knight did a solid job at strong safety, and despite his age (32), he can still be a solid depth player for a team which has a question mark at strong safety, and knows what he can do.

03/02/08 Update: Sammy Knight is headed to New York to meet with the Giants. The former Jaguars safety has already met with Denver, and is expected to begin negotiating with both teams.
02/28/08 - Gibril Wilson? Many publications are reporting Giants strong safety Gibril Wilson as a possible fit in Jacksonville, but we haven't heard anything just yet. It seems a little unlikely that the Jaguars would pay big money for a non-premium position like strong safety.

03/02/08 Update: Gibril Wilson signed with Oakland.

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