Last August, when Derrick Harvey was holding out for a huge amount, I posted the following:
Do we need Derrick Harvey at $10 mil a year? Answer that yourself. Should we release David Gerrard to keep him? Should we release Fred Taylor and Mike Petterson to keep him? Should we release Reggie Nelson, Maurice Drew, Justin Durant and Reggie WIlliams to keep him?
Gene Smith is clearing out payroll for the high cost of this years draft and to keep some quality players. Maurice will get a new contract, that is certain. David will be paid. A new #8, assuming we stay at #8 will carry the same price as Derrick Harvey did. Possibly Sensebaugh gets retained. The bills will come due.
Others are going to go. Reggie Hayward possibly, Paul Spicer possibly. Reggie Williams definately. John Henderson may be traded. The releasing of Fred Taylor is the hangover from the 2008 spending spree. I wish we never got drunk and I wish Fred could finish here in style. It isn't that reallity.
This years spending will cause next year's cutting. Salary cap isn't the issue, revenue verses expense is. The Jaguars are bracing for a tough 2009 economy. The cost of new players means saying good bye. There is no huge source of revenue on the way, not in 2009.
I just wish I could have seen Fred bust it one more time. Those memories will live forever. He was the best player I saw in person. Thank you Fred, good luck!