The Jaguars aren’t likely to be big players in free agency, are willing to listen to offers for the second pick in the draft, and plan to install the zone blocking scheme that Denver was noted for in the Mike Shanahan era.
Those are some of the decisions the new Jaguars brain trust has already made as it looks for ways to rebuild the team.
General manager Dave Caldwell said his philosophy is “slow and steady’’ and that means he will be cautious in free agency.
“We’ll be active but we’re not going to be overly active,’’ he said. “We’re not going to go after high-priced free agents. We’ll be ready if something we like presents itself, but we’re not going in to make a big splash.
“We’re going to be a draft-driven team. I anticipate building through the draft. That’s our vision … and supplement where we need to in terms of getting some depth through free agency.’’
As for it taking time to build through the draft, Caldwell said, “You’ve got to do it right if you want sustainability over a 10-12 year period.’’
Caldwell seems content to give quarterback Blaine Gabbert more time to establish himself.
“We’ve got the second-youngest quarterback in the NFL,’’ he said.
Of Gabbert’s struggles last season before he got hurt, Caldwell said, “That was his second year. What were they saying about other quarterbacks after their second year? We’re looking for improvement [in his third year]. We need to build around him. We’ll upgrade whenever we can upgrade.’’
Head coach Gus Bradley said he has visited with Gabbert and said, “He’s been very impressive so far in our conversations.’’
One of the big decisions ahead for the Jaguars is what to do with the No. 2 overall pick. They will study the top prospects at the NFL scouting combine later this month.
“There are going to be players that emerge as a legit number two candidate, and there will be more than one,’’ Caldwell said.
He’s also not ruling out trading the pick.
“There will be some trade partners that may want to come up, but you have to have a trade partner in order to trade down. So as we get closer to April, we’ll find out who’s going to be a viable trade partner and who are the players that we’re really keying in on,’’ he said.
Jaguars GM: 'We need to build around' Gabbert
Jacksonville Times-Union | Feb 9