Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/7/13
Sentiment has not been part of the Jacksonville Jaguars playbook ever since owner Shad Khan took control of the franchise less than two years ago. That much is clear whenever speculation arises on whether hometown hero Tim Tebow could come to a team with a quarterback quandary every bit as muddled as that of the New York Jets. And while Rashean Mathis had a fraction of Tebows national recognition, the decision earlier this week by Jaguars management not to re-sign a native son who put in 10 largely productive seasons for them at cornerback sent a message days before the NFLs free agent signing period begins. If Mathis services are no longer needed, that doesnt appear to bode well for other over-30 mainstays who were also severely limited by injuries during a season to forget. New general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley can begin addressing some of the many areas of concern well before the Jaguars choose what to do with the No. 2 pick in next months draft. They are one of eight teams with at least 25 million in cap space available. Which free agents should be re-signed? OLB Daryl Smith He missed all but two games last season because of a groin injury but was remarkably durable throughout his career before that. Teaming him with MLB Paul Posluszny should bring stability to this part of the defense. FB Greg Jones A healthy Maurice Jones-Drew is going to need a good lead blocker. Even at his age (31), Jones is among the best at his position. WRKR Jordan Shipley He made enough of an impression over the final six games to merit a closer look, especially given the concussion concerns at the wide receiver position. OL Eben Britton He can play both tackle and guard spots, and the Jaguars need someone that versatile up front. Which free agents should be set free? CB Derek Cox This is the toughest call the Jaguars have to make. Bradley loves cover corners like him, but other teams are more likely to pay him accordingly and overlook his health issues of the past three seasons. DT Terrance Knighton C.J. Mosley took over for him in the starting lineup as Knightons play tapered off. C Brad Meester At 35, it's time for the Jaguars to get a younger man at this position. His situation is similar to Mathis. RBKR Rashad Jennings It shouldnt be difficult to find someone more qualified to back up Jones-Drew, either in the draft or free agency. What are the positions of need? Defensive line The Jaguars finished at or near the bottom of the league in sacks and rushing defense. So it comes as no surprise that this position jumps out more than any other. Offensive line Except for LT Eugene Monroe, no ones job is safe. Cornerback Mathis is gone, Cox may soon follow, and Aaron Ross was a major disappointment. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert hasnt won over many skeptics. But there arent any free agents who stand out at this position, and there isnt an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in the draft. Who should their top targets be on the free agent market? G Andy Levitre, Buffalo The decision by the Bills to apply the franchise tag to S Jairus Byrd makes it unlikely for the 26-year-old Levitre to return. Not a sexy choice, but he addresses a glaring need. DE Cliff Avril, Detroit Jason Babin was signed toward the end of the season in an effort to shore up the pass rush. He might be a short-term solution, but Avril would be more of a long-term answer. QB Matt Moore, Miami It might seem as if the Jaguars are going down the same road they did last year with Chad Henne backing up Gabbert. Not necessarily. CB Dunta Robinson, Atlanta The Falcons already let him go halfway through his six-year, 57 million deal. The Jaguars have plenty of others to choose from at this position. Who might be tempting but should be avoided? DE Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Hes got name recognition but was slipping toward the end of his time with the Colts. Playing outdoors on grass wouldnt help him either. CB Aqib Talib, New England Supremely talented but not worth the aggravation off the field. Just ask the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Hue Jackson designing plays for Terrelle Pryor

Report: Darnell Dockett expected to announce retirement

Report: Yankees have not discussed releasing A-Rod

Report: D-Backs making Shelby Miller available via trade

Rex Ryan: IK Enempkali could fill void left by Mario Williams

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Indians have best deal on table for Chapman

White Sox GM: Chris Sale has not requested trade

Nebraska’s Foltz, ex-MSU punter Sadler killed in car accident

Michael Bennett to Seahawks: Pay me or 'get rid of me'

Victor Cruz expects to be 'ready to go' for training camp

DeMarcus Cousins: All-NBA vote ‘absurd’ and ‘a joke’

Man. U players banned from playing 'Pokemon Go?'

Ken Griffey Jr. put on backwards hat during HOF speech

Mike Piazza honors 9/11 victims during Hall of Fame speech

Jeremy Lin hints he is racially profiled by arena employees

Why did Rio mayor offer to put kangaroo in Olympic village?

Joe Maddon wastes no time cracking Chris Sale joke

Report: Lamar Odom walked out on family intervention

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

10 NFL players set to become household names in 2016

Lou Holtz regrets making immigration 'joke' at RNC

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker