Dec 5, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars general manager of peronnel Gene Smith prior to the start of their game against the San Diego Chargers at EverBank Field. The Chargers won 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
The Jacksonville Jaguars look to be major players in free agency during the 2012 NFL offseason. The Jaguars potentially will have close to $50 million with the ability to roll over unused cap room from the 2011 NFL season, the team can make a big splash on multiple players like they did last offseason. Jaguars general manager Gene Smith says he expects to add to the wide receiver group in both free agency and the 2012 NFL Draft.
"There will be some receivers on the open market who can help our situation," Gene Smith told John Oehser of Jaguars.com. "We don't know at this point which ones will be out there, but we feel like it's a position we can upgrade through pro free agency, and the college draft," he said. "We're trying to add weapons on offense and it will be a combination of pro free agency and the draft."
"You evaluate all of the players, then as players re-sign or if they do get tagged, they're no longer in play and you adjust accordingly," Smith said. A receiver like DeSean Jackson is expected to get the franchise tag, while guys like Stevie Johnson have already began contract negotiations with their current team. "You can only concern yourself with what you have control over. You have a strategy going in, but as things change, you have to be prepared to adjust."