Once the free agent signing period starts on Tuesday, don’t expect the Jaguars to make a move worthy of a news conference.
“We could have a nice one after the draft … for college free agency,” general manager Dave Caldwell said.
Indeed, pro free agency will be overshadowed by the number of undrafted college free agents who will be signed by the team in late April.
The Jaguars have $26 million in cap space and only one potential big-money free agent in cornerback Derek Cox. But this isn’t time for a spending spree.
“It’s the first part of the process of supplying this team with talent,” Caldwell said earlier this week. “I don’t know how active we’ll be — it will have to be the right fit based on a lot of different variables.”
Before the moves will be a three-day window of talking.
The new negotiating period was approved by the owners last year. Then-Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian was on the competition committee that made the suggestion.
“It’s fair to say everybody will be interested to see how it works and what the results of it are,” said Polian, who now works for ESPN. “I wouldn’t say everybody was enthusiastic about it — we all had some reservations — but on balance, we felt it was something that would bring some organization to what had been a very chaotic process.”
Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2013-03-08/story/dont-bank-any-big-free-agent-moves-jaguars#ixzz2MxpP86FD
Don't bank on any big free agent moves by Jaguars
Jacksonville Times-Union | Mar 8