The Jacksonville Jaguars officially signed former Buffalo Bills free agent linebacker Paul Posluszny yesterday. Since Posluszny was at the stadium to sign his contract, he was out on the practice fields watching practice and linebacker drills. Due to the current CBA situation, free agents like Posluszny can't practice until the NFLPA, which officially reformed as a union today, ratifies the new CBA. Most fell however, that it's possible the new deal can be ratified by Monday, allowing players to participate in practice earlier than previously believed.
Especially now that were down here, and all settled you want to be out with the guys obviously competing," Posluszny told reporters when he was asked how frustrating it was to watch practice. "Hopefully, we get this thing squared away and do it a couple of days faster than normal, because I'd like to get out here sooner," he added. "It's different on a football field and just watch practice."
Posluszny will bring a presence to the Jaguars defense that's been missing in the middle since Mike Peterson left in free agency after the 2008 season. He's not a flashy linebacker, but he does almost everything well. He doesn't miss many tackles, which has been a big problem for the Jaguars in past seasons.
"They (Jaguars) stressed the character of these guys," Posluszny told reporters after practice on Friday night. "They're on the winning path."
"They were a couple of games short of the playoffs last year, and that's something I haven't experienced before in my career, being in the middle of a playoff run, Posluszny said. "I know this team can do that."
Posluszny obviously hasn't been the upgrade general manager Gene Smith has added to revamp a defense that was amongst the worst in the NFL in 2010. That didn't go unnoticed to Posluszny, "They're proving to us that they want to do everything they can to win." Along with Posluszny, the Jaguars also added outside linebacker Clint Session, defensive back Drew Coleman, and safety Dawan Landry. Most expect that the Jaguars will open the 2011 season with up to four new starters on the defense, five if you consider the fact that recently released Derrick Harvey was an opening day starter in 2010.