Aaron Ross Signs with the Jaguars: Deal, Analysis and Grade

David Levin@@davidlevin71Senior Writer IIMarch 20, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers makes a reception against Aaron Ross #31 and Will Blackmon #36 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Finally, the Jacksonville Jaguars made another move in free agency. No, it wasn't to scoop Tim Tebow up from the Denver Broncos. Jacksonville took a swing at helping to fortify its secondary late last night when the team signed former New York Giants defensive back Aaron Ross to a contract.

According to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, the three-year deal could be as much as $15.3 million.

If the Jaguars were looking for a solid and steady player, then Ross was a good choice with what was left on the market. He was a former first-round pick in 2007 by the Giants under former Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin out of the University of Texas.

He was the Giants' starting right cornerback this past season.

Ross gives the team a little more diversity and depth in a secondary that was depleted by injuries last season. It also means there are pieces in place or the team is starting to put pieces in place to deal with next season as well.

While Dwight Lowery signed a multi-year deal with the team earlier this month, veteran Rashean Mathis signed a one-year contract.

Personally, I was waiting to see what the team would do with the defense in free agency. While Jaguars general manager Gene Smith worked hard last season to fill holes on the defensive side of the ball, there were still needs to be met. The pass rush has not been addressed yet and the secondary was still a bit shaky.

Ross filled a need, if for nothing more than depth and to provide a good coverage defender on the right side.

Now, the Jaguars can look to finding a pass rusher (Mark Anderson) during the remainder of free agency and then turn the team's attention to the upcoming NFL draft.

 

GRADE: B

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