Coach City Meyer’s rebuilding mission in Jacksonville began with a thud as a substitute of a splash.
The Jaguars opened free company Monday by agreeing to phrases with two defensive linemen who did little of their first contracts; a pair of particular teamers; a speedy receiver who failed to succeed in 530 yards in any of his first six seasons; and a journeyman working again whose first stint in Jacksonville could not have gone a lot worse.
Huge names? Not even shut.
It was hardly the best way anybody anticipated Meyer’s first foray into free company to go. It is basically the equal of touchdown a university recruiting class that hardly registers a blip nationally.
The Jaguars agreed to phrases with former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris on a three-year, $24.4 million deal that features $14 million assured, an individual conversant in negotiations stated. Additionally they agreed to deliver again Dawuane Smoot, giving him a two-year deal price $14 million, stated one other particular person conversant in negotiations.
The folks spoke to The Related Press on the situation of anonymity as a result of neither aspect could make free agent agreements official till the brand new league 12 months begins Wednesday.
Robertson-Harris confirmed his new group by tweeting “DUUUVAL,” the town’s rallying cry.
Jacksonville additionally landed security Rudy Ford and receiver Jamal Agnew, two guys finest recognized for his or her particular groups play, in addition to receiver Phillip Dorsett and working again Carlos Hyde. None of these 4 could be thought of surefire starters, not even for a 1-15 group. Jacksonville traded for Hyde in 2018 and launched him 5 months later. He ran 58 instances for 189 yards in eight video games with the Jags.
Jacksonville did add one starter late Monday with the addition of former Los Angeles Chargers security Rayshawn Jenkins, who reportedly agreed to a four-year deal.
Nonetheless, it was an underwhelming day for the group than had extra salary-cap house (practically $73 million) than some other group, and holes in all places. One principle: Meyer was unfamiliar with the workings of the NFL and brokers, and his two prime front-office hires — normal supervisor Trent Baalke and senior personnel government Tom Gamble — had prolonged hiatuses out of the league.
Baalke pressured final week the necessity to discover worth in free company — some would argue this was the 12 months to benefit from a depressed market — and positively that might be the case with all seven of the group’s Day 1 additions.
It was clear Meyer emphasised relationships over dangers. Hyde performed for Meyer in faculty and for Baalke in San Francisco. Passing sport coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and receivers coach Sanjay Lal labored with Hyde and Dorsett in Seattle final 12 months.
Agnew averaged 28 yards a kick return and 12.7 a punt return with Detroit final 12 months and reunites with former Lions and present Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who might use his pace in what’s anticipated to be a wide-open offense that includes presumptive No. 1 draft choose Trevor Lawrence.
“DUUUVAL!!! Ima give y’all the whole lot I received and extra,” Agnew tweeted.
Robertson-Harris and Smoot are considerably outliers, though Meyer saved a number of defensive assistants conversant in Smoot, who had 11 1/2 sacks in 4 years with the Jags.
Robertson-Harris and Smoot are anticipated to be 3-4 defensive ends in new coordinator Joe Cullen’s scheme.
Jacksonville has 2019 Professional Bowl cross rusher Josh Allen and nostril sort out DaVon Hamilton, a third-round draft choose a 12 months in the past, however is seeking to make important additions round these two. Ok’Lavon Chaisson, the twentieth total choose in 2020, might make a leap whereas shifting from defensive finish to a extra pure match at outdoors linebacker.
However Robertson-Harris and Clean supplied little buzz for Jaguars followers to begin the NFL’s “authorized tampering” interval. They have been hoping for Dalvin Tomlinson of the New York Giants or presumably Baltimore’s Matt Judon, Tampa Bay’s Shaq Barrett or Cincinnati’s Carl Lawson. Judon agreed to phrases with New England and Barrett stayed in Tampa.
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