The Jacksonville Jaguars never cease to amaze their fans at this time of the year. Owner Shad Kahn spares no expense when it comes to reeling in big free agent signings as there is always that thought that Jacksonville is only a couple of pieces a way from greatness.
When the bell rung, it didn’t take long for the Jags to get busy and confirm a deal that was already known and break one that flew under the radar.
Jacksonville secured the services of OT Branden Albert from the Miami Dolphins in a deal that was up in the air for some time. What the Jags lose in tight end Julius Thomas they gain in protection for their QB Blake Bortles.
According to their website, new HC Doug Marrone could not be happier.
“Branden is an experienced left tackle,” Doug Marrone said. “He will compete for the starting role and has proven over his 120-game career that he has the mental and physical tools to excel in this league.
“The play of the offensive and defensive line will be of significant importance to our organization’s success and the acquisition of Branden Albert is a step in that direction.”
Next up, is the exciting defensive back A.J. Bouye. He enjoyed a breakout season last year with the Texans and was easily the most charismatic name on the cornerback market.
Bouye was almost the lone bright spot for the Texans postseason run, pulling in turnovers in each of their playoff games.
According to the NFL, Jacksonville will spend $67.5 million over five years to place Bouye across the field from second-year sensation Jalen Ramsey.
The AFC may have itself another No Fly Zone if the pair can live up to the potential that exists on paper.
Further bolstering the defense is the signing of defensive tackle Calais Campbell who has spent his entire career with the Arizona Cardinals.
Campbell rejected a last minute run by his hometown Denver Broncos to ink with the Jaguars. His deal has $30 million in guaranteed money.
Campbell, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, notched eight sacks and three fumble recoveries during the 2016-17 run.
This trio of moves are the headliners of the day, but the Jags are reportedly still busy on the special teams front.
Never is the NFL Free Agency feeding frenzy wilder than on the first day of the league year.
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