When Jacksonville-based agent Paul Healy negotiated Sebastian Janikowksi's four-year, $16 million contract ($9 million signing bonus) in 2010 that made the Oakland Raider the NFL's highest-paid kicker, the mega-deal was viewed as fair because Janikowski's accuracy and leg strength remain the league's most lethal combination. As long as the Jaguars' Josh Scobee isn't asking for Janikowski money, and sources indicate he's agreeable to a lower number, then there's no reason general manager Gene Smith and agent Ken Harris shouldn't come to an agreement. The Jaguars have the right to franchise Scobee, which would pay him $2.88 million this season, but Smith has long championed the concept of doing what's right and fair.
Scott Massey wasn’t looking for a career change, necessarily. When Massey met with new Jaguars President Mark Lamping this spring to have an exploratory conversation about the Jaguars, he didn’t want to wait until he got home to tell his wife about the discussion. Massey called her to say "there’s something special happening with the Jaguars." Lamping had been, to say the least, persuasive.
Kiper: "Justin Blackmon arrives from Oklahoma State with a reputation as a sterling route-runner and the kind of player who can make a QB look good from the way he can both get down the field and also work back to the ball and fight for it when it's in the air. From Dallas, Laurent Robinson comes over with some question marks, but also the hope that the breakout we saw in the second half of 2011 was reflective of talent, not just opportunity …"