Hours before the NFL free agent whirlwind began Tuesday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley figured there would be some unrest among the team’s fan base.
Most teams with $30 million in salary cap space, myriad holes to fill and a new regime in charge would hit the market hard.
But as expected, the Jaguars were spectators.
“Right now, it’s probably frustrating for some [fans],” Bradley said. “But they have to trust the plan that will take place and we’ll get some guys in here when the time calls for it.
“We had a vision when we came together and we’ve been strict about it. We’re following the plan,’’ Bradley said. “That plan will obviously include picking up some [players].”
That vision is to be patient, wait for the high end of the market to materialize and then go to work on affordable players who are preferably south of 30 years old.
Asked if he would be offering a contract to anybody in the opening eight hours, general manager Dave Caldwell said: “We foresee negotiating some, but whether or not we can come to an agreement is another question.”
As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, nearly 30 players had changed teams. The Jaguars had made no signings and lost no free agents.
But cornerback Derek Cox has visits scheduled with New Orleans and San Diego and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was on his way to Denver.
Cox is part of a loaded group of corners on the market. Top-target Sean Smith remained unsigned, but Bradley Fletcher (Philadelphia) and Greg Toler (Indianapolis) found new homes. The Chargers need cornerback help and the Saints were second-to-last in passing yards allowed.
Jaguars ask fans: Trust our plan
Jacksonville Times-Union | Mar 13