Free agency is right around the corner and the Jaguars are expected to be players in it…again. I’m looking forward to the day when the Jags are like the Packers and Steelers and Patriots and have drafted well enough that they can just use their cap space to hold onto their own players that they have drafted and developed and dip into free agency, but we clearly aren’t there yet.
A couple of notes as we head into the frenzy of the next couple of days…
1. Worrying about how much money your team (in this case that is likely the Jaguars) spends on a player is dumb. The Jaguars have nearly $80 million dollars to spend despite having been big players in free agency the last two years. They could land the top four free agents this year and STILL have no issue resigning anyone that they want (Allen Robinson, Telvin Smith, etc.). The cap keeps going up and up. The issue isn’t how much money a player costs, the issue is choosing the RIGHT PLAYER. That’s what matters. The Jaguars haven’t done that enough…and that’s a wild understatement.
2. Why are you still worried that they signed a guard for 12 million a year? I know, this largely goes back to my first point, but it’s important. If the cap is going to keep going up, then the money that teams can spend is going to keep going up which means the value of positions (like guard) that teams used to fill in for 5-6 million at the top end are going to go up. This is basic logic, but let me lay it out as simply as I can. A player is worth whatever a team is willing to pay them and if a team has more to spend then the player’s will make more money. Simple, right? Remember that when you start to ask, “Why did they spend…” Just stop and remember two things. They spent it 1. because that is what they had to spend to get a player they liked and 2. it isn’t your money…why are you worried about it? Worry about the player, not the contract.
3. I’ve been saying it for months and I’m not backing off of it now. If the Jaguars don’t land one of the four offensive guards that we’ve been talking about since before the season ended that would be a failure to me. They need help on the line and there are high end options available to them to get that help and they have enough money to land one. Get. It. Done.
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