Jaguar free agency news and notes
Jags lose WR to Skins
Yesterday, the Washington Redskins signed the former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Patrick Johnson to a contract.
The 5-foot-10 and 191-pound unrestricted free agent who played for Jacksonville last season lacked production. He failed to do much, catching just nine passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns He caught 58 passes in four seasons with Baltimore before signing with Jacksonville.
Rams TE is looking around
The Jaguars entertained their first free agent prospect last week when St. Louis Rams tight end Ernie Conwell took a visit.
James Harris, the team's vice president of personnel, thinks Conwell may be a good fit in the West Coast-style offense being implemented by offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. "He can line up at fullback and tight end and do a lot of things," said Harris.
Conwell, who had 31 catches for 431 yards, still hasn't been offered a contract by the Jaguars because they want to make sure his right knee has sufficiently recovered from a recent arthroscopic surgery.
The surgery was not on the left knee that was seriously injured in 1998. It was a general cleanup of the right knee, with some small shavings of cartilage repaired. Conwell chose to have the surgery to get him in top shape for what he believes will likely be the final five seasons of his career.
"There is really nothing for him to recover from," Conwell's agent Mike Sullivan said. "But he is not 100 percent today."
It sounds like the Rams are making him a priority to re-sign and that the seven-year pro out of Washington and that he's merely just testing the market according to his agent.
"The Rams have made a substantial offer, but Ernie just wants to see what's out there," Sullivan said.
If the Jaguars were to sign Conwell to a contract that will likely mean that Pete Mitchell, the backup tight end to Kyle Brady, is gone or already planning on being elsewhere.
Jags re-sign OL
Jacksonville Jaguars have announced the re-signing of exclusive-rights free agent G Drew Inzer. He signed his one-year, $300,000 tender.
The 6-foot-4 and 305 pound guard is a two-year pro out of Brown.
Colvin a Patriot?
Tom Curran, of the Providence Journal, reports free agent LB Rosevelt Colvin (Bears) met with the New England Patriots over the weekend and the meetings went exceedingly well. The meetings went so well, in fact, that the two sides were still trying to work out a deal as of Monday evening.
Last Saturday, the Jaguars entertained Colvin on his visit to Jacksonville.
Wade is gone
Yesterday, ex-Jaguar center John Wade signed a contract to play for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Wade, a 1998 fifth-round pick of Jacksonville, spent the last five seasons with the Jaguars, where he started 34 of the last 54 games he appeared.
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