By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ were active on the first day of free agency.
General Manager, Dave Caldwell, made a few moves today. He signed their longest-tenured player and fan favorite, Marcedes Lewis, to a contract option. The $3.5 million deal is for only one year. In his 12 seasons with the Jaguars, he has caught 33 touchdowns, five of which came this season.
Jacksonville also picked up options for guard Tyler Shatley and tackle Josh Wells, both backup offensive linemen. Considering head coach Doug Marrone was a former offensive line guy himself, that’s a good vote of confidence. Wells had three starts when Cam Robinson and Jermey Parnell were hurt.
Moves that weren’t made: offering options for big names like WR Marqise Lee, WR Allen Robinson, LB Paul “Puz” Posluszny, CB Aaron Colvin. The prevailing thought is Robinson and Colvin will be picked up.
Posluszny was going to retire before last season, but when Marrone became the permanant head coach, he signed up for another season. The question for him will be if he thinks he has enough in the tank for one more year. If so, most likely the Jags would offer him a small contract. He has been with Jacksonville for the last 7 seasons, having spent 4 seasons with Buffalo prior to that.
QB Blake Bortles had his fifth-year option picked up months ago, so from here on out, it’s all about contract negotiations.
Jacksonville has until March 14th to decide what to do with the potential free agents, however, many hope they make their moves sooner rather than later. This would give the released players more time to get out there.
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