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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially started rebuilding under new general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley. The team has been relatively inactive in the 2013 free agency period, at least in regards to the big name free agents looking for big deals, and this was the approach the team said they were going to take all along.
"I like it, I endorse it and highly support it," Khan told reporters at the 2013 NFL owner's meetings in Arizona. "They are pretty much doing everything the right way."
By the right way, Khan means building the foundation of the team through the draft rather than spending on free agency, at least initially. Khan learned first hand a team can get burned, quickly, in free agency as he was quoted earlier this year in saying the team was "delusional" in 2012 with free agency, thinking they were close when they were not.
The team spent $141 million in "real cash" out the door in 2012 but on the field the team delivered just a 2-14 record, which isn't exactly the best return on investment one could hope for in the NFL. Free agency is a way you can supplement your roster, but it's also a way you can force yourself into a tailspin and end up with a lot of bad contracts, much like the Jaguars.
The team has a total of two players left on the roster in free agency from when Gene Smith took over, linebacker Paul Posluszny and quarterback Chad Henne, both of which carry contracts larger than they should.
"I think free agency is very appropriate to filling some critical holes. I think we proved last year that you can spend the fourth-highest and have the worst record in the league," Khan told John Oehser of Jaguars.com. "You have to build a team and the fill - to get to the next stage, the playoffs, that's where free agency makes sense."
For the 2013 offseason, the Jaguars are going to use free agency to supplement what they have on the roster, which isn't much, but the real roster building will come from the NFL Draft, which is how the good teams in the NFL are able to sustain themselves over time.
Khan learned his mistake last year, and it sounds like he has confidence in the approach going forward.
"There's no doubt in my mind that this is the right approach, and Dave and Gus are the right people for the Jaguars at this stage of their life," Khan said. "They're absolutely the right people."