Mario Williams and Huston are working on a deal to keep him in Huston. The Detroit Lions have said they want to keep Avril in Detroit. Avril did say Detroit would not get a home team discount. Detroit could franchise Avril. The Arizona Cardinals have said they will work out a deal to keep Calais Campbell. Let’s face it folks, teams know what they have in their pass rushers and are willing to pay top dollar to keep them. I know it is no guaranty that these guys re-sign with their respective teams, but right now it looks like that is what’s going to happen. However, the free agency pool for defensive end is looking really shallow right now.
With that said, the re-signing of Jeremy Mincey just got a whole lot more important. Mincey is regarded as the 3rd/4th best DE free agent this year. Some have Mincey as 3rd while other have Robert Mathis as 3rd. Robert Mathis is 31 years old and has played his career opposite of Dwight Freeney, and benefited from the focus being on Freeney. The Jaguars will need to re-sign Mincey and Matt Roth, or get a DE help in the draft or free agency. The Jaguars are expected to release Aaron Kampman to free up some cap room. There is a possibility that Kampam will take a pay cut to stay in Jacksonville. At 32 years old with as many injury problems that Kampman has had, there will not be a long list of teams wanting to sign him.
So what should the Jaguars do about this dilemma ad DE? I think the Jags should re-sign Mincey, Keep Kampman, if he will re-structure his contact, and draft a DE in the first round. If Kampman is not willing to take a pay cut release him and re-sign Roth, and still draft a DE. Regardless the Jaguars must re-sign Mincey and don’t wait, resign him now. Below is a list of some of the top free agent defensive ends. Reports are that Williams, Avril, and Campbell will be re-signed by their current teams.
Mario Williams (HOU)
Cliff Avril (DET)
Calais Campbell (ARZ)
Robert Mathis (IND)
John Abraham (ATL)
Jeremy Mincey (JAX)