JagNation Rumor Mill 03/07/08

The Rumor Mill is chock full of news this week. What have the Jaguars done to secure their high level of play on special teams? Which premiere defensive ends may be trade bait? How may their latest acquisition fit in? Where will a former Jag quarterback and cornerback 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.

03/07/08- The Jaguars re-signed special teams superstar Montell Owens yesterday.  Terms were not disclosed.

03/06/08- The Jaguars released wide receiver Charles Sharon.  Sharon was active for the Jaguars playoff loss at New England and spent the last two seasons on their practice squad.  With the acquisitions of Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson, the team had a logjam at wide receiver, and the likelihood of Sharon earning a roster spot was slim at best.  This move affords him to opportunity to look for work elsewhere.

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.

03/06/08 Update- Quinn Gray has reportedly talked to Atlanta and Green Bay about a backup role.

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.

03/07/08 Update- The Jaguars re-signed free agent right guard/tackle Maurice Williams today.  The deal is reportedly worth $16 million over four years, with $4 million guaranteed. 

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.

03/07/08 Update- Scouting report on Jimmy Kennedy- http://jac.scout.com/2/734882.html

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.

03/06/08 Update: Ayanbadejo signed a four-year deal with Baltimore, worth approximately $5 million. 

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.

03/07/08 Update: Wilson visited with the Titans and Buccaneers yesterday.

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.

03/07/08- Former Jaguars cornerback Terry Cousin visited with the Tennessee Titans yesterday.

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.

03/07/08- Baltimore Ravens DE/OLB Terrell Suggs is unhappy about his franchise tag, being that the team franchised him as a linebacker instead of a defensive end.  The move costs Suggs nearly a million dollars, and there's some rumblings about a possible trade demand. 

03/07/08- There has been rumors floating around about a possible Julius Peppers trade.  Minnesota and Jacksonville are the two leading candidates. 

03/07/08- Jevon Kearse, who some believe would have been a possible fit in Jacksonville as a rotational pass rusher, signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans. 

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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