JagNation Rumor Mill

Are the Jaguars in the market for some veterans? How have some recent moves around the league made the Jaguars draft selection even tougher? Which Jaguars player could be a fit for "Dancing With the Stars"? Find out what we've been hearing from our various NFL sources in this edition of the JagNation Rumor Mill.

Vols Duo Reunited?

It has been rumored that the Washington Redskins are more than open to listen to offers for last season's pricey free agent acquisition Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth missed a quarter of the season last year and recorded just 30 solo tackles and four sacks. With the 'Skins likely moving to a 3-4 defense, Haynesworth may not be an excellent fit and certainly not considering the king's ransom that they paid to acquire him. As for the Jaguars potential interest, Haynesworth is still just 29 years old and if he's healthy and properly motivated, he's the very best defensive tackle in the NFL. This isn't a move that a team that's in the midst of rebuilding would normally make, but with Jack Del Rio on the hot seat he will likely push to put the best possible team on the field this season to try and preserve his employment status.

Competition for Garrard

The Jaguars know that they have a problem at the quarterback position as David Garrard hasn't nearly lived up to the expectations when the team hastily gave him a new contract after the 2007 season. Since the 2007 season, Garrard hasn't been pushed at all in camp and his play has regressed to the level that kept him as Byron Leftwich's backup.

With the St. Louis Rams releasing veteran starter Marc Bulger, it is possible that the Jags will be a team of interest as a healthy Bulger, how rare it is, is a considerable upgrade over Garrard, and he wouldn't cost anything in terms of trade compensation. Bulger will receive plenty of interest around the league.

Eagles Deals Leave Jags With More Options

We discussed what the Eagles trading of Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins could mean for the Jaguars, http://jac.scout.com/2/959704.html. Their previous move in which they traded cornerback Sheldon Brown to the Cleveland Browns may mean just as much for Jacksonville as it seems unlikely that the Browns will now use their seventh-overall selection in next month's draft to pick University of Florida cornerback Joe Haden. Haden is a player that Jaguars general manager Gene Smith has been high on throughout the draft process.

"Joe Haden is a player who plays fast on tape," Smith told JagNation in an exclusive interview.

Philadelphia now has seven draft picks in the first 122 picks (through round four) and they would be a likely target to trade up to get the Jaguars tenth-overall pick if Haden is available.

Potential Franchise Quarterback Slipping?

Roughly a month ago, it was highly unlikely that former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen would be available anywhere past the fourth pick in the draft which the Washington Redskins currently own. With Washington trading for veteran Donovan McNabb, and Seattle trading for backup Charlie Whitehurst, it appears much more likely that the former Irish gun-slinger could be around when the Jaguars go on the clock at pick #10 as he now only likely has to make it past Cleveland and Buffalo, a pair of teams with terrible quarterback situations, but also other desperate needs.

MJD's Moves Getting Noticed

Jaguars Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew is famous for the chip on his shoulder which caused him to choose the jersey number 32 as a rookie because, "all 32 teams passed on me," MJD said numerous times. Jones-Drew, who has found the end zone an amazing 56 times in four seasons, usually puts the proverbial "ketchup on the hot dog" when he scores. Jones-Drew was voted by ESPN's Sports Nation as the third-best dancer in the NFL which is some lofty praise, as that list includes Chad Ochocinco (currently appearing on Dancing With The Stars), Terrell Owens, Steve Smith, Chris Johnson and DeSean Jackson.


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