Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/11/13
If it looks like a defensive end and walks like a defensive end and talks like a defensive end and is a defensive end who has ties to the community, shouldn’t the Jacksonville Jaguars want that defensive end?Let’s hope that when free agency begins April 12, the team brass has put Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril at the top of its post-Christmas wish list.Avril, who played high school football in Clay County outside of Jacksonville, would look great on the other side of the defensive front opposite Jason Babin.Add someone like Sharrif Floyd, the explosive space-eating defensive tackle in the Draft, and hope holdover Tyson Alualu finally reaches his potential, and this defensive front looks almost scary.But hold onto your seats because no matter how much it may be discussed, team general manager David Caldwell insists this is not a team to spend money in free agency on huge contracts.According to a story written by Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars are currently $26 million under the salary cap. The team also trimmed its roster by letting go of players like Derek Cox, Brad Meester, Dawan Landry and Aaron Ross through free agency and outright releases.The Jaguars' secondary has as many holes as Swiss cheese and the prospects of reaching out to free agent talents will be slim, Caldwell keeps stating.“It’s the first part of the process of supplying this team with talent,” Caldwell said in the online article. “I don’t know how active we’ll be — it will have to be the right fit based on a lot of different variables.”If the Jaguars do look to heal the pains within the defensive line through free agency this week, others who may get a look at (defensive tackle) Alan Branch of Seattle (who played for head coach Gus Bradley last year), and defensive back Brent Grimes of Atlanta.The team will also have to address needs along the offensive line at both guard and tackle. Minnesota’s Phil Loadholt and New England’s Sebastian Vollmer could be players who catch the team’s eye and came come in and open holes for running back Maurice Jones-Drew immediately and help keep quarterback Blaine Gabbert upright.“We won’t make a move just to make a move,” Caldwell said. “I don’t want to be the champions of the off-season.”
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