Daryl Smith has always been a top outside linebacker for this team. He will remain on this team, but last year's MLB Kirk Morrison, and WLB Justin Durant are both free agents. Kirk looked like he was going to be resigned, but Paul Posluszny was signed to a 6 year deal. MLB and SLB are solved up, those are 2 top 10 linebackers at their respected positions. But we need one more line backer. A weak side linebacker. There are quite a few players out there that fit the bill, but who will it be?
Lawson and McIntosh are both players from a 3-4, who's skill set didn't fit them in that formation. Their skill sets would better fit them in a 4-3. Out of the two Lawson is better, and a year younger. I have heard Lawson and the Patriots in the same sentence, and McIntosh I have heard wants to re-sign with the Redskins, but the Giants are willing to change that.
James Anderson finally started all season minus one. He made the most of it on the strong side with 130 tackles and 3.5 sacks. That is a lot for the strong side. Moving him to the weakside, would give the Jaguars the best 4-3 linebacker set in the league. I have heard though he will re-sign with the Panthers. Stephen Nicholas has never started a whole season, but he is a pretty solid all-around player. There was a lot of Nicholas to New York(Giants) talk, but now it is being reported, he was trying to drive up his value. And he wants to be a Lion. Quincy Black has been a two-down strongside linebacker for the Bucs. But a good one at that. He is an all-around player. He's not bad at anything, but not great at anything as well. He is pretty quick, and can hit hard. I read that he is eager to re-sign, and the Bucs have him in their long-term plans. Giants are interested as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaVQpwl5Mj0
Clint Session was hurt most of last year, but when he is playing he is a top linebacker. Signing him makes the Colts worse, and their rival better. Win win situation. Had 103 tackles in 09, and was on track for a big year in 2010. He is only 6'0" though. I have only heard the Jaguars being interested though.
Out of these players, I can't say who Gene will sign. I didn't expect them to go after top MLB, but they did size the top MLB. They still have a lot of money to spend, so a big signing can happen, but the top tier players would probably rather go to a team with more "spotlight". Though with the state income tax, they will make more money here. I'm feeling Lawson, Session, or Nicholas. Lawson and Session are most likely not re-signing, and are looking for a 4-3 team. I want James Anderson, but it looks as if he will re-sign.
Lawson is still avaibut I'd like Lawson. There is the chance of Gene going after players with a lot less spotlight, but the Jaguars still have to spend a lot more money, so the top-tier players would make sense. Thomas Howard is a possibility as well, because he is good in coverage, but bad against the run.
I'm still saying Session,