The Jacksonville Jaguars will be bringing in former Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans h-back James Casey, according to a report by Adam Caplan. Casey was released by the Eagles just a week ago in a cap saving move after not being very productive in Chip Kelly's offensive scheme.
In Casey's defense, after signing a three-year, $12 million deal in free agency, he was buried behind a resurgent Brent Celek and Zach Ertz, as well as an emerging Trey Burton. To borrow a term from the soccer world, it appeared he was surplus to requirements.
I understand there wasn't any discussion of James Casey staying with the Eagles at a reduced salary. He wants a bigger role than he had here— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) February 19, 2015
Casey was a fantastic special teamer for the Eagles and the Jaguars interest in him may come with him in mind as a back up tight end option who will also play on special teams, as outside of Marcedes Lewis the tight end position for the Jaguars is a big giant question mark. Casey also has some experience playing fullback, as well.
Even if the Jaguars were to sign someone like Casey, it would likely not rule them out of targeting someone like Julius Thomas in free agency as well.