Douglas is a Jag!
New head coach Jack Del Rio's first priority in this off-season was to upgrade the defense, especially the pass-rush and linebackers position. With the latest additions of Peterson, Mitchell and Douglas, he has certainly done that. Initially, the Jaguars started out slow, but lately the pace has picked up to a fast-sprint. Adding two speedy linebackers via free agency was the first step and adding Douglas to the mix should help make the Jaguars into one the top front sevens in the league.
In a surprising development, the Jags Insider learned late Friday evening that the Jaguars were the leading candidate for one of the biggest prizes in the free agency market. On Saturday Hugh Douglas, one of the premier pass-rushers in the league, is now a Jag.
The Jaguars management looked like they were going a different direction. Defensive end Chike Okeafor seemed like a more affordable route but it looks like Del Rio and company couldn't pass up a chance to take one of the best in the game. Now the Jaguars are in a position to be one of the best defenses in the league.
This past season, the Jaguars top pass-rushing defensive end (Marco Coleman) had only five sacks on the season and the team had a total of 36 on the year. Tony Brackens mid-season knee injury is a concern for the team. Some aren't sure if he'll ever regain his form of the past. With his health in question and high salary Brackens might be cut from the team unless he is willing to restructure his contract. Del Rio might want to see how Brackens knee tests in spring mini-camps before a decision is made.
The 6-foot-2 and 280 pound eight-year pro will give the Jaguars a shot in the arm in terms of pass-rush. This past season with the Eagles, Douglas recorded 44 tackles and 12 ½ sacks, which is fourth overall in the league. In his eight year NFL career with the Jets and Eagles, he has racked up an amazing 73 ½ sacks.
Douglas, a 31 year old three-time pro Bowler, agreed to a five-year deal which includes a $6 million dllar signing bonus.
With the signing of Douglas, don't expect the Jaguars to re-sign free agent safety Donovan Darius, unless it's at a bargain price.
The Jags Insider will give you seven names that will give Jacksonville fans something to get excited about: Henderson, Stroud, Coleman, Douglas, Peterson, Mitchell and Akin Ayodele.
Dave Peters – Jags insider
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