In 2007, that grace and power was gone. Stroud without his quickness makes him just another big guy on the defensive line. A very good big guy, but not a five or six million dollar a year sort of guy. Marcus got beat more often on the line last season and didn't provide the intensity that the Jaguars or their fans expected. Remember, Stroud was to be the highest paid player on the team, and the $5 million due to him in 2008 was an awfully high price for inconsistent and non-dominant play. If you add in the four game suspension for a positive performance enhancing substances test, it just felt like the right time for Stroud and the Jaguars to part ways. It's by no means on bad terms, it's just the right time.
|Marcus Stroud (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)|
Jacksonville is deeper at defensive tackle than most teams, and the Jaguars can move on gracefully. Sure, they will likely try to grab another tackle in the draft, but these extra picks may give Jacksonville the firepower to possibly move up to grab the defensive end that they need to generate a pass rush and take the defense to the promised land.
The last 48-72 hours have appeared to be a rousing success for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They've created more space under the cap and gained two more draft picks by moving Marcus Stroud, and they found depth at the wide receiver, cornerback and quarterback positions. The Jaguars are set to go into the draft with open options to move and the ability to fill the position they need. Jacksonville still has plenty of room to re-sign David Garrard in the next few months, and that will secure the keys to their offense.
It will take roughly six or seven months to find out whether the Jaguars front office were geniuses, idiots, or something in between, regarding this past weekend's activity, but this has certainly been the most exciting beginning of the NFL calender year in some time for the Jaguars and their fans.
Chris Harris is a special contributor to JagNation.com
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