The latest talks coming from meetings between the NFL and NFLPA indicate that part of the new collective bargaining agreement would allow players with expiring contracts with four or more years of experience will now be unrestricted free agents.
What exactly does that mean for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
It’s actually great news….if that aspect of the CBA comes to fruition that is.
In this scenario the Jaguars would have five notable players listed as unrestricted free agents. Linebacker Justin Durant, wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker and quarterback Trent Edwards are three who were expected to be gone anyways so there’s no loss there.
Punter Adam Podlesh is on the table too. The market for him his a bit sketchy because he’s far from an All-Pro but he is serviceable. The Jaguars will likely retain him. If they don’t, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis is the big time free agent for the Jaguars but he’s been designated with the franchise tag, meaning he will likely stay with the franchise as the two sides work out a new deal.
So from Jacksonville’s perspective, it seems like they will not lose any significant players if this new rule is implemented.
It also means the Jaguars’ attempt to reel in some big free agents will be even easier. Formerly restricted free agents, like Minnesota wide receiver Sidney Rice or defensive end Ray Edwards, are now unrestricted and can sign anywhere they want without teams having to give up compensation to their former teams.
If you’re a Jacksonville fan this is great news. It means the options for your team to sign a few key players just opened up even more.
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