4:10 pm EST: The Jaguars and AJ Bouye have agreed to a deal that will pay AJ Bouye $67.5 million over the 5 years with $25 million guaranteed. The Jaguars now have three new defensive starters with Barry Church at strong safety, AJ Bouye at Cornerback, and Calais Campbell at defensive end. This is BIG.
Upgrade the defense = Check
3:48 pm EST: The Jaguars have cut defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks. With Marks getting older and struggling through injury for much of the past three years the Jaguars decided to part ways with their one time best defensive player. The Jaguars were said to be shopping Marks earlier in the week. It appears they couldn't find a trade partner.
3:15pm EST: The Jaguars and Calais Campbell have unofficially officially come to an agreement on a four year deal that will give Campbell a total of $60 million with $30 million guaranteed. This move makes the Jaguars defensive line group one of the most formidable in football and is a step toward having a first class defense.
1:15 pm EST: The Jaguars are closing in on a deal with free agent CB A.J. Bouye, formerly of the Houston Texans. Not only will the Jaguars be adding a great piece to an already strong secondary featuring Jalen Ramsey, but they're also stealing him away from the division rival Texans, and have apparently out bid another division rival the Tennessee Titans for the services of the 26 year old cornerback. The combination of Bouye and Ramsey as the two starting cornerbacks will immediately be one of the very best in the NFL.
10:15 am EST: The Jaguars appear to be out of the Kevin Zeitler sweepstakes. According to Jason Cole it's now down to the Saints and the Browns. There are still plenty of quality guards available for the Jaguars to pursue including T.J. Lang from Green Bay and Larry Warford from Detroit. After an exciting evening that included news of the Jaguars agreeing to terms with two new defensive starters, this is certainly not the perfect start to free agency day, but there is plenty of time left for the Jaguars to right the ship.
9:22 pm EST: The Jaguars have agreed to sign Calais Campbell per multiple reports. Campbell, who is now over the age of 30, is believed to be a "Tom Coughlin guy" - in other words, he is all football all the time. And he is all about winning. The Jaguars starting defensive line will now feature Campbell, Malik Jackson, Abry Jones (or Roy Miller), and Yannick Ngakoue. Not a bad start to free agency for the Jaguars - shoring up the defensive line and the secondary with Barry Church.
3:45 pm EST: Ian Rapoport reports the Jaguars are expected to sign Barry Church to a 4 year deal worth over $6 million per year. Barry Church was one of the highest rated strong safeties by Pro Football Focus in 2016 and excelled in both run defense and coverage per PFF. This potential signing could point to the Jaguars wanting to run more two high safety looks in 2017.
1:37 pm EST: Ian Rapoport tweets this:
It appears, for now, that the Jaguars are once again going to be strong players for some of the top free agents in this year's class. Still no mention of Tony Jefferson, perhaps the Jaguars fancy Barry Church to his younger counterparts from Arizona.
9:15 am EST: The Jaguars remain in the hunt to land at least two coveted free agents at positions of need. While the Jaguars are not the only team in talks with these players and their agents the Jaguars remain in play for A.J. Bouye and Kevin Zeitler, both of whom are considered top 10 players in this free agent class. If the Jaguars are able to land both of these soon to be very well paid players, this would be considered a home run of a free agent class.
6:00 pm EST: Per Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union the Jaguars have tendered exclusive rights free agent Peyton Thompson. This is a smart move as Thompson provides versatility as not only a quality back up safety but also as a special teams gunner to pair with Arrelious Benn. Thompson is now on a one year deal worth $690,000.
5:27 pm EST: The Jaguars have signed guard Patrick Omameh. Omameh was originally signed by the Jaguars prior to the 2016 season. After going undrafted in 2013 Omameh signed with the 49ers and has spent time with the Bears, Buccaneers, and Jaguars. During his four seasons in the NFL Omameh has started 32 games including seven starts for the Jaguars in 2016 before he fell victim to a season ending left foot injury. Omameh projects as a solid backup guard moving forward. His re-signing likely means former 1st round pick and fellow guard Luke Joeckel will not return to Jacksonville.
4:19 pm EST: The Eagles are now believed to be in pursuit of coveted free agency cornerback A.J. Bouye. Bouye has been linked to several teams including the Jaguars. If Bouye lands in Philly the Jaguars could be made to choose from Stephon Gilmore, Logan Ryan, or their own Prince Amukamara among others. If the Jaguars are unhappy with what they find in the free agent market at CB then they could turn to the draft which just so happens to be loaded with talent at CB.
2:55 pm EST: The Rams appear to be in intense trade talks to deal franchise tagged cornerback Trumaine Johnson. It's unknown who the potential trade partners are, but the Jaguars could be involved as they are in the market for a starting cornerback.
2:15 pm EST: According to Mike Kaye of First Coast News the former starting safety for the Jaguars, Johnathan Cyprien, will be pursued by the Cleveland Browns. The Jaguars were not expected to make a huge push to re-sign Cyprien and will likely address strong safety via free agency or the draft.
12:41 pm EST: The Jaguars are showing interest in long time Arizona Cardinal Calais Campbell. Campbell would be a massive upgrade for the Jaguars at defensive end and would create a starting lineup of: Campbell, Jones, Jackson, and Ngakoue. This would be HUGE for the Jaguars.
11:45 am EST: The Chargers made another move that will help out the Jaguars. They have released cornerback Brandon Flowers, and while Flowers won't likely get big money at this point in his career he may draw interest from teams that are looking for another cornerback, which could in turn help the Jaguars in their search for the right cornerback to start opposite Jalen Ramsey
10:41 am EST: The release of offensive lineman DJ Fluker will certainly help the Jaguars in their quest for an upgraded interior offensive line. Even if the Jaguars aren't interested in Fluker some teams will be and the more quality offensive lineman on the market the better the Jaguars chances are of landing one of them.
10:36 am EST: The legal tampering period is less than two hours away. According to NFL rules teams will be allowed to discuss contracts with players, but won't be allowed to "announce" contract agreements until 4 pm EST Thursday 3/9. Some rules the NFL emphasized to teams in a memo are as follows (via ProFootballTalk):
Prohibited actions during the legal tampering window include: (1) executing a player contract; (2) executing an agreement in principle “or similar document”; (3) announcing that an agreement in principle or similar agreement has been reached; (4) violating the CBA provisions that relate to undisclosed contractual terms. (That last one presumably applies even after free agency officially begins.)
Teams can do everything but have players sign on the dotted line and announce it. In essence free agency is about to begin! Stay tuned for the latest updates from the Jaguars and around the league in our legal tampering period live blog.
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