The Jacksonville Jaguars are again being mentioned as a likely destination for free agent safety Eric Weddle.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com wrote an article on Thursday entitled “Ten free-agent deals that make too much sense” and his first match that just made too much sense was Weddle to Jacksonville.
“The Jaguars were terrible in pass defense last season, finishing last in the league in net yards per pass play, and they had a revolving door at safety. They do like strong safety Courtney Greene, but they need a ball-hawking, rangy safety. Weddle is that guy. San Diego would love to have him back, and they might get him back, but look for Jacksonville to make a push to get him if he's on the market. He's the type of player Jaguars general manager Gene Smith loves: Hard-working and not a troublemaker in the locker room. Oh, by the way: He can also cover.”
Prisco makes some fantastic points. Weddle is not an elite talent but he is athletic enough to matter and his hard work and cover skills make him a fantastic fit with the Jaguars. And the team does think Greene can be a solid in-the-box safety and Weddle can compliment his skill set.
Going off Prisco's article, there’s an old saying I use in anything related in sports that goes ‘if it makes too much sense, it won’t happen.’
Weddle to the Jaguars might be the exception to my rule though. Jacksonville needs a safety of his caliber in a bad way and the Jaguars are willing to dish out cash. Weddle is a free safety looking to make money. Plus Weddle said on a radio program last week that the Jaguars are a possibility.
I have to believe that he wouldn’t say anything about the Jaguars at all if he hadn’t talked with the team and did look at them as a legit fit.