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Breaking Down the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Five Best Free Agent Signings of All-Time

June 20th, 2011 at 11:27 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

Yesterday I listed the five worst free agent signings the Jacksonville Jaguars have ever made but being pessimistic is out and optimism is in. 

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson (53) runs back an interception against the Carolina Panthers during their NFL football game in Charlotte, North Carolina December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

With that in mind I present the five best free agent acquisitions in team history:

5. Kyle Brady, Tight End, 1999- The former first-round selection was a wonderful addition for the Jaguars. He was as durable and reliable a player the franchise has ever had. His best statistical season was in 2000 when he had 64 receptions for 729 receiving yards, although he was better known for his blocking skills.

4. Mike Peterson, Linebacker, 2003- Was a great deal at six-years, $20 million. Peterson feasted off of John Henderson and Marcus Stroud’s scraps for years and evolved into one of the league’s top middle linebackers for a three-year period.

3. Leon Searcy, Offensive Lineman, 1996- Searcy inked the richest contract ever for an offensive lineman when he signed with the Jaguars but the investment was well worth it. He formed bookends with Tony Boselli and became a Pro Bowler in 1999. Injuries ended his career with Jacksonville as he was let go after the 2000 season,

2. Keenan McCardell, Wide Receiver, 1996- McCardell was a mediocre player at best before the Jaguars brought him in. In his first season with the team, McCardell changed all that as he caught 85 passes for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns, which earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl. He ended up with four 1,000-yard seasons for the Jaguars. He also formed a terrific tandem with…

1. Jimmy Smith, Wide Receiver, 1995- He was signed by the Jaguars after his mother sent press clippings to then coach Tom Coughlin and caught the coach's interest. Smith was a talented receiver coming out of college in 1992 but he never recorded a stat until he joined Jacksonville. In his second year with the team he recorded 1,244 yards and seven touchdowns. The rest was history as he had seven consecutive 1,000 yard seasons with the Jaguars. He finished with 12,287 career receiving yards, all with the Jaguars.

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