Jags' News and Notes

The Jags Insider has the latest news and notes, including the buzz on the ongoing contract negotiations with running back Fred Taylor.


Wiegert Gone

Zach Wiegert, an unrestricted offensive guard with the Jaguars, signed a contract with the Houston Texans.

The eight year veteran out of Nebraska struggled in his final year with the Jaguars due to a knee injury. Last season he was placed on the IR and missed the second half of the season. In 2000, he also missed part of the year with an ACL tear.

Last season Wiegert played tackle but he was projected to play guard in 2003. This year it looks like Mike Pearson and Moe Williams will man the tackle spots. There are several offensive lineman that are moving up the draft board and it might make sense for the Jags to pick one up to provide added depth.

Eric Steinbach, a 6-foot-7 and 290 pound guard out of Iowa, is projected as an early second round or late first round pick. He might possibly fall to the Jaguars in the second round. The former All-Big 10 player has the versatility to play tackle also.

Talks with Taylor slows down

Talks between the Jaguars and Fred Taylor's agent Drew Rosenhaus about a long-term contract have slowed down a bit since the NFL combine, which likely means signing a new deal could take several months.

"I'm not going to get into any specifics or talk about a timetable, but things are going well," said agent Drew Rosenhaus. "The talks have been good. We'll see where it goes from here."

Taylor, who wants to be paid like a premiere running back, will be an unrestricted free agent after next season and is scheduled to make $816,000 in base salary in 2003. After being healthy last year and rushing for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns, the Jaguars want to sign Taylor as quickly as possible in hopes of avoiding a training camp holdout.

The Jaguars caved last season and gave wide receiver Jimmy Smith an extra $10.9 million after he missed nearly the entire preseason in a holdout.

Draft Notes

The word on the street is that Cincinnati would like to trade out of their first overall pick in the upcoming college draft. If the Bengal's are unable to find a buyer, they will most likely select Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs.

Also, Washington wants to trade up from their 13th overall spot in the draft in order to select Andre Johnson a wider receiver out of Miami.

---Dave Peters JagsInsiders.Com

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