Michael Wright reports that the Jaguars have officially signed former San-Diego Cornerback Drayton Florence, with a bonus of (allegedly) 12 million dollars.
Drayton was deemed replaceable in San Diego after the rise of Antonio Cromartie. This Does Not mean that Brian Williams is moving to safety or anything like that. Drayton will be our nickel safety, replacing outgoing Terry Cousin and serve as a safety net against getting picked apart a la against the Patriots. To win in the AFC you'll need to be protected against multiple wide receiver sets, and having three starting worthy cornerbacks is fantastic.
Think of it this way: Peyton Manning on 3rd and 7 sees Rashean Mathis and Brian Williams on the outsides, Drayton Florence covering the slot, Reggie Nelson and Gerald Sensabaugh sitting back in their deep zones. That's a pretty potent nickel package, and one I'd hate to throw against.
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Without a doubt, Jacksonville has has a fantastic start to Free Agency. We've addressed three HUGE needs without spending too much money. All it takes for the Jaguars to have the best start would be in getting some good value for Marcus Stroud. I've heard that the deal might include swapping first round picks with the Bills, (number 11 overall), another exciting prospect for the Jaguars to consider.
Great job with this signing!