JagNation Rumor Mill

Could the Jaguars be in line for a draft-day trade? Are they set at wide receiver? Is the team done with the 3-4 experiment? Which veterans may not be on the Jaguars opening day roster? Find out what we've been hearing from our various NFL sources in this edition of the JagNation Rumor Mill.

Fly Eagle Fly in Jacksonville

Back in February, JagNation proposed a possible deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in which the Jaguars would trade down in the first round to acquire either quarterbacks Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb. http://jac.scout.com/2/947090.html. The Eagles have a plethora of quarterbacks and they were holding steadfast to the idea that they wanted at least a first-round pick for either quarterback.

In the past week, things have changed as the Eagles are realizing that there's absolutely no trade market for third-string quarterback Michael Vick and they can't afford to have all three QB's on the roster. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the team is no longer stating that they need a first-round pick for their quarterbacks and they'd take a second or a combination of picks. A possible deal for Kolb would allow the Jaguars to have a legitimate young starting quarterback, and they can move on from the David Garrard era which has cost the team roughly $21 million over the past two seasons for just 12 victories.

Looking for a Number Two

With the release of veteran wideout Torry Holt, it's likely that the Jaguars will add to their current wide receiving corps. Mike Sims-Walker looks like he could be a number one wideout, but Mike Thomas is clearly a slot receiver. The thought of Troy Williamson stepping up into a starring role is merely a pipe-dream, as he has all of eight receptions in two seasons as a Jaguar.

The Jaguars have shown interest in several wide receivers whose value may fit their selections in the draft as Mississippi's Shay Hodge, Minnesota's Eric Decker and Georgia Tech's Demaryious Thomas are all on the Jaguars radar.

Attacking 4-3?

It was easy to predict that the Jaguars were going to move to some type of 3-4 defense last season when they hired Mel Tucker, a 3-4 guy, and then looked at several 3-4 OLB prospects. The Jaguars have been looking at plenty of smaller defensive lineman again this year which makes us believe that they will again experiment.

Hello again to Hayward?

The Jaguars may not be done with the Reggie Hayward experiment as the 31-year old defensive end is not drawing much other interest from teams around the league after being injured and ineffective for much of his Jacksonville tenure. Hayward is still a solid run-stopper and at the right price he could once again be a fit in Jacksonville.

Nelson will have every chance to compete

Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson has been a major disappointment to the Jaguars since his rookie season of 2007, which he logged five interceptions. Nelson has seemingly regressed each year and hit a new low as he was benched following an awful performance against Indianapolis on Thursday Night Football. Still, as much as Nelson doesn't seem like the type of player that Jack Del Rio would endear, he will have until the end of training camp to compete for his job as it costs the team nothing to give him another chance. Nelson will have to fight for his job for seemingly the first time in his career, and the Jaguars hope that factor will motivate him to play tougher and smarter.

Spending will be even more tempered

Last season, the last season with a salary cap, the Jaguars ranked 25th in the NFL in total expenditures as they dropped just under $107 million in salaries and injury settlements. That number is expected to drop significantly this season as there is no salary minimum and the Jaguars will have to cut costs to try and get "in the black," or at least lessen their losses.

If high-salaried players such as quarterback David Garrard, defensive tackle John Henderson, fullback Greg Jones, center Brad Meester, and guard Vince Manuwai cannot significantly beat out their lesser priced competition at their positions, they could find themselves on the chopping block at the end of training camp.

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