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Jacksonville Jaguars Will Not Look at Diva Free Agent Wide Receivers

June 16th, 2011 at 11:23 AM
By Brendan Sonnone

There will be plenty of big name free agent wide receivers for the Jacksonville Jaguars to look at once free agency begins this off-season.

Unfortunately many of the wide outs that are affordable are known just as much for their baggage as they are for their respective skills.

Tennessee Titans receiver Randy Moss watches from the sidelines during warm-ups prior to their NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami, Florida November 14, 2010. Moss makes his debut with the Titans after being claimed on waivers. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

 

The guys I am talking about are Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress. All are aging and have the ability to contribute to a team looking for size at the position—like the Jaguars—but all three have a reputation for being divas.

The Cincinnati Bengals’ Chad Ochocinco is also considered to be on the trading block and he too is a high-maintenance player.

Over the past week or so I have seen fans associate the Jaguars’ with Ochocinco and Burress.

In reaction to that, let me say this clearly: The Jaguars WILL NOT take a risk on a guy with any kind of player with baggage.

General Manager Gene Smith has made it a point to add high-character players to the Jaguars’ roster and to get rid of cancerous ones. See Mike Sims-Walker, who will be released because his me-first attitude grew old.

Jacksonville does need help at wide receiver but taking a risk on a guy like Moss or Owens is not Smith’s M.O. He wants guys that will buy into his team-oriented philosophy and all of the aforementioned receivers have not done that to this point in their careers.

So for anyone thinking the Jaguars will make a splash in free agency by adding a big name/big attitude receiver, don't hold your breath. 

Tags: Football, Gene Smith, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Mike Sims-Walker, NFL, Plaxico Burress

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