Mr. Jaguar, Fred Taylor seems poised to become Mr. Patriot. New England and Buffalo have both showed interest in Taylor, and Fred mentioned the fact that he'd like to win a title.
"I want to pass Jim Brown, the greatest running back ever to play the game," said Taylor who currently trails the former Cleveland great by 1,041 yards as the 8th all-time leading rusher in NFL history. "The other thing I still want to do is to win a Super Bowl. My good friend Plaxico Burress won one two years ago and my younger cousin Santonio Holmes just won one. It's the highest award that you can win in our game in my opinion. For me it's more realistic and it seems like it's headed my way. That's why I'm sticking around. It's not time for me to retire. Plus I still can go 80 yards."
With the success that New England has had resurrecting aging running backs (Corey Dillon), and the return of the game's best quarterback in Tom Brady, the Pats seem like a likely destination for Taylor to go and try to win his first championship.
Although new Jaguars general manager Gene Smith stated pretty clearly that the team is going to attempt to rebuild through the draft and not so much through free agency, there are a few free agents that the team will surely be in contact with. Baltimore Ravens center Jason Brown is receiving plenty of attention, and with Jacksonville center Brad Meester ready to hit the free agent market himself, the team will likely make Brown an offer.
Another player who just became a street free agent is former Oakland Raider safety Gibril Wilson, who was a cap casualty. Wilson received plenty of interest when he was a free agent last season, and one of the interested parties was indeed Jacksonville. With Jaguars safety Gerald Sensabaugh's latest arrest and him scheduled to hit free agency on Friday, the team could get a jump start on the free agent season by inking Wilson.
Most people believe Jaguars quarterback David Garrard will get one more opportunity to prove that his 2007 season which he threw 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions was not a fluke. That opportunity may be even shorter lived as the Jaguars could take a quarterback with the eighth overall pick. The meeting between them and USC quarterback Mark Sanchez reportedly went well and if Jacksonville does indeed select the Southern California native, Garrard's days will be numbered.
The Jaguars appear to be intent on getting younger at defensive tackle, potentially signaling a deal for John Henderson. Henderson's play has declined over the last two years and the Jags have clearly signaled their wishes to go younger, and with just six draft picks, the team could use some more draft picks to assist in the rebuilding process. When we asked a source from another team, they responded that Henderson would have more trade value than Marcus Stroud did when the Jags parted ways with him a year ago. Jacksonville received both a third and fifth-round pick for Stroud.
The Jaguars have interviewed several defensive tackles, including Georgia's Corey Irvin, Georgia Tech's Vance Walker, Boston College's Ron Brace, as well as the consensus top defensive tackle in the draft, B.J. Raji.
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