JagNation Rumor Mill - 03/05/08

The Rumor Mill is chock full of news this week. What are the Jaguars planning to do on special teams? Can the team be reunited with one of their former first day picks? How may their latest acquisition fit in? Where will a former Jaguars quarterback end up? Check the mill to see what we're hearing from NFL Insiders, league sources and some of our many contacts around the league.

03/05/08-The Atlanta Falcons released quarterback Joey Harrington today, possibly paving the way for Jaguars unrestricted free agent Quinn Gray to land as a "dirty bird." Gray obviously played for former Jaguars defensive coordinator, current Falcons head coach Mike Smith over the last few years, and Gray would have only Chris Redman to compete with for a starting job.
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.
03/05/08 Update: Maurice Williams has not ruled out a possible return to the Jaguars and they are also receptive. With the release of Naeole, the Jaguars had a dead money charge on their cap of a little over $1.4 million, but rid themselves of the $2.1 million salary Naeole was due.
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.

03/05/08 Update: The Bears declined to match the Jaguars offer, and Kennedy is now a Jaguar. Stay tuned to JagNation for his complete scouting report coming up shortly.
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.

03/05/08 Update: Throw Baltimore in the mix as a possible suitor for Ayanbadejo's services, he visited there yesterday.
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.

03/05/08 Update: Odom has agreed to a new deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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.

03/05/08 Update: Wilson visited with the Steelers yesterday.
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.

03/05/08 Update: Harris signed with Oakland. The Jaguars first priority at offensive line should be to see what Mo Williams will cost.
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.

03/05/08 No update on any more suitors for Aaron Glenn.
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.

03/05/08- No update on a possible Taylor deal, but the Jaguars have the weapons in extra draft picks that a rebuilding team like Miami needs, and with what is considered to be a weak draft class it is certainly something worth pursuing.
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.

03/05/08 Update: Odom is off the market, and Kearse is scheduled for a visit with the Titans this week. Carter, Spires, and Coleman aren't drawing much interest.
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.

03/05/08 Update: There's a strong possibility that if newly acquired wide receiver Troy Williamson earns a roster spot, he can return kickoffs.


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