Jags land big fish

New head coach Jack Del Rio and General Manager have taken a slow prudent approach to the free agency period and they both didn't want to get caught up spending a lot of cap money in the free agency market like the previous regime. However, Del Rio, a pro linebacker and a position coach, recognized the fact that one of the biggest areas on the Jaguar terms that need to be upgraded in the off season is the linebacker position.


New head coach Jack Del Rio and General Manager have taken a slow prudent approach to the free agency period and they both didn't want to get caught up spending a lot of cap money in the free agency market like the previous regime. However, Del Rio, a pro linebacker and a position coach, recognized the fact that one of the biggest areas on the Jaguar terms that need to be upgraded in the off season is the linebacker position.

Projecting a rather weak-year in terms of linebackers in the college draft, the Jaguars new that they had to heavily pursue several linebacker in the free agency market. Last week, Jacksonville brought two very good players into town for a visit and today the Jags made their first big splash of the 2003 free agency period.

According to a league source, the Jaguars came to terms with ex Indianapolis Colt's linebacker Mike Peterson. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed. However, Peterson was seeking a contact close to $4 million dollars a year.

Last season, the 6-foot-2 and 230 pound weak-side linebacker led the Colts in tackles with 173.

The four-year pro out of Florida gives head coach Jack Del Rio a speedy linebacker that can make plays from sideline to sideline.

Peterson, who is originally from Gainesville and played his college ball for the University of Florida, will play his pro ball within an hour from home.

The Colts made no attempt to re-sign Peterson due to salary cap issues.

Yesterday, linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, who also visited the Jaguars over the weekend, signed a sign a seven-year deal worth about $30 million with the New England Patriots.

Dave Peters – Jags insider

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