JagNation Rumor Mill - 03/04/08

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 will the team do without Chris Naeole? What did Sammy Knight say about Jacksonville? 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.


03/04/08- Jacksonville released right guard Chris Naeole yesterday, after he spent six of his 11 years in Jacksonville. The move came after Naeole was placed on the team's injured reserve list with a torn quad muscle after week eight of the regular season. The 33 year old Naeole was playing at a Pro Bowl level prior to the injury, and the team likely felt that at his age, a parting of ways would be the best for both parties.

If the Jaguars do not end up signing another offensive lineman, second year player Uche Nwaneri and veteran Dennis Norman will likely battle it out for the vacated starting job at right guard.
03/04/08- The Jaguars visited with former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy yesterday, and signed him to a $755,000 offer sheet. Chicago has 10 days to match the offer, and it is likely that they will do that, being that Kennedy is a former first-round pick, and the dollar amount is low.
03/04/08- There is some reported interest from the Jaguars in another Chicago Bear, linebacker and special teams stud Brendan Ayanbadejo. Ayanbadejo visited the Jets yesterday, and the Jaguars and Packers are both rumored to be vying for his services.
03/04/08- Former Jaguars strong safety Sammy Knight has found a new home in New York, signing with the Super Bowl Champion Giants. Knight was signed as a street free agent in late August by the Jaguars, and was thrust into the starting lineup due to the season-ending shoulder injury to Gerald Sensabaugh. Knight took a little shot against the Jaguars on his way out of town-

"I did a great job for Jacksonville and we talked to them, but ultimately, this was a better place for me," Knight said. "I felt like I had a better chance to win here."

The Giants are the Super Bowl champs, so anyone can rightfully agree that they'd have a great chance to win, but the fact that he did a great job for the Jaguars in 2007 is certainly arguable.
03/04/08- The Jaguars may be a few days away from making a serious run at former Titans defensive end Antwan Odom. Odom has made the rounds, visiting Cincinnati as a few other teams, and the prices of all available free agents are beginning to drop. The Jaguars may enter the market again if they can grab Odom at a price that is closer to his value. 1.
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.

03/03/08 Update: Harris has left Jacksonville with no contract.
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.

03/03/08 Update: The Jaguars could be a player for Williams' services again, due to their release of right guard Chris Naeole yesterday. Williams would likely receive a significant raise over the $2 million that he earned in 2007.
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.

03/03/08 Update: Glenn is considered a second-tier player, and could possibly return to Dallas, where he spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
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.

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