No one needs a big-time, team-leading wide receiver more than the Jaguars do. I don’t believe they would have been players for Jackson or Welker. But Bowe could have been a guy they were interested in. Whether or not they will be players for Williams, plan B should have been Mathis. The hit to the potential defensive end market hurts as a big-time pass-rusher is the big defensive need. Cornerback could still be OK with Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan, Kansas City’s Brandon Carr and San Francisco's Carlos Rogers on track to reach free agency.
The 2012 NFL free agency field is set – for the moment, anyway. At the very least, as of 4:01 p.m. EST Monday, there was a bit more clarity around which players may nor may not be available when the NFL’s pro free agency period begins at 4:01 p.m. EST March 13. With 4:01 p.m. Monday the deadline for teams to apply the franchise tag, 21 teams used the tag, essentially removing the "tagged" players from the 2012 free-agency pool and clarifying to an extent which players will and won’t hit the open market.
The Jaguars have applied the franchise tag to kicker Josh Scobee, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. Scobee has made clear his desire for a long-term deal throughout the process. "Josh is obviously disappointed in the choice to use the franchise tender," Scobee's agent Ken Harris said. "While we have no plans of signing the tender at this point, we'll see if the long-term contract Josh deserves can eventually be reached."