Fordham Wants To Wear Teal

Todd Fordham along with several other unrestricted free agents prefers to stay in Jacksonville. What will new personnel boss James Harris do to make it all work?

The Jaguars have many key unrestricted free agents and  running back Fred Taylor looks to be the top priority. Taylor and Jaguars are looking for a long-term contract that could keep Taylor to the end of his career . Taylor is in his last year of his original six-year deal.

Sources have indicated that Harris will get creative with salaries and he will build the team mainly through the draft.

Harris plans on helping out the salary cap issues by restructuring the contacts of several veteran players and by re-signing back free agents at a bargain price. One of those free agents under consideration is offensive tackle Todd Fordham.

The 6-foot-5 and 310 pound six –year veteran out of Florida State is a key versatile backup. Fordham, 27, played the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Jaguars before signing with the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent in 2001. Although he was told he would compete for a starting job with his new team, Fordham never really got a chance because of injuries and he was released.  Concerned over Tony Boselli's continued health problems, the Jags added Fordham to the roster for insurance. His salary was the minimum base of $477,000.

Fordham started the remaining eight games of the season.  In 2002, Fordham replaced the injured Zach Wiegert at right tackle.

According to a league source, Fordham wants to be back in teal uniform for the 2003 season. If the Jaguars are interested, he will most likely sign for the minimum base salary again.

Jags Free agency:

S Donovin Darius (UFA)

T Todd Fordham (UFA)

QB Kent Graham (UFA)

WR Patrick Johnson (UFA)

WR Kevin Lockett (UFA)

RB Stacey Mack (UFA)

TE Pete Mitchell (UFA)

LB Wali Rainer (UFA)

WR Bobby Shaw (UFA)

DT Larry Smith (UFA)

C John Wade (UFA)

G Zach Wiegert (UFA)

LS Joe Zelenka (UFA)

S Ainsley Battles (RFA)

CB Robert Bean (RFA)

LB Bobby Brooks (RFA)

 LB Danny Clark (RFA)

DE Chris Combs (RFA)

P Chris Hanson (RFA)

G Leander Jordan (RFA)

OL Aaron Koch (RFA)

LB TJ Slaughter (RFA)

DE Paul Spicer (RFA)

CB Kiwaukee Thomas (RFA)



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