More Debits Than Credits for AFC South

The AFC South was the best division in the NFL last season in terms of win-loss record. Through the first few days of free agency, the teams in the division don't seem to be getting any better. We will examine each team in the division and try and ascertain their plan for free agency.

Jacksonville Jaguars (7-9) Starting from last place to first, we get to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars dropped their final four games of the season to end a would-be playoff run, and are in desperate need of help all over the defense.

Who are they interested in?

Jacksonville has talked to former Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman and former Lions defensive end Jared DeVries. There is also rumored interest in Rams safety O.J. Atogwe. The Jaguars also met with former Chargers wide receiver/special teams ace Kassim Osgood.

The Jaguars were players for former Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter, but Vanden Bosch chose to go with his former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in Detroit, and Walter re-upped with the Texans.

What about their own guys?

The Jaguars tried unsuccessfully to re-sign defensive end Reggie Hayward and will not let him test the market to see his value. The team also appears content to let outside linebacker Clint Ingram walk if another team feels that the price is right.

Tennessee Titans (8-8) Next on our list are the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are in need of another pass rusher, as Kyle Vanden Bosch has bolted for Motown, and another corner.

Who are they interested in?

The Titans seem to be players for former Ravens and Jets defensive end Marques Douglas. Douglas is more of a 3-4 end, but he's solid against the run. Don't be surprised if the Titans are a player for former Colts corner Marlin Jackson.

What about their own guys?

Tennessee has lost Kyle Vanden Bosch and have let cornerback Nick Harper walk. Veteran center Kevin Mawae has lost his starting job but is still welcomed back in a backup role according to Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.

Houston Texans (9-7) The Houston Texans completed their first-ever winning season in 2009 and will look to build upon that success and take the next step in 2010. They will have to do so without cornerback Dunta Robinson who was inked to a wealthy deal by the Atlanta Falcons.

Who are they interested in?

The Texans have made a play for former New England cornerback Leigh Bodden, who had a nice year in 2009. Bodden should be able to start if the two parties come to terms.

What about their own guys?

The big news was the Atlanta Falcons giving a king's ransom to former Texans corner Dunta Robinson. Robinson had a very uneven season in 2009 following an ACL tear that cost him the end of the 2008 campaign. Kevin Walter decided to stay home after shopping around and receiving interest from several teams around the league. Backup quarterback Rex Grossman may be heading to Washington as former Texans offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would like to have a face familiar with his system.

Indianapolis Colts (14-2) The AFC Champion Colts are usually little more than spectators during much of the free agency period, especially the opening weekend. It's hard to argue with their formula as they won more games in the 2000's than any team in any decade.

Who are they interested in?

The Colts are limited to who they can sign because of the "final eight rule" which basically states that Indy can't sign a UFA until one of their own UFA's has been signed by another team and the new contract must be comparable. The Colts ended up signing offensive guard/tackle Andy Allenman.

What about their own guys?

The Colts took care of their in-house business as they inked linebacker Gary Brackett to a rich five-year deal rumored to be around $33 million. Indianapolis is apparently letting former first-round pick Marlin Jackson walk, and teams have been talking with restricted free agent safety Antoine Bethea, who the Colts placed with a first-round tender. Indianapolis has also waived backup quarterback Jim Sorgi.


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