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NFL Free Agents 2012: Jacksonville Jaguars Looking to Add Receivers

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 13:   Legedu Naanee #17 of the Carolina Panthers tries to make a move against the Tennessee Titans during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIMarch 21, 2012

The Jacksonville Jaguars had an abysmal rotation at wide receiver during the 2011 season, and they must upgrade that spot if they hope to develop young quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

So far in free agency, the Jags scored by snagging Laurent Robinson with a five-year, $32.5 million contract. They must now continue to add to their receiving corps.

While Jacksonville may have overpaid for Robinson, they needed to get someone in to be a true vertical and red-zone threat. According to the Florida Times-Union, they now have interest in free agent receivers Lee Evans and Legedu Naanee. 

Naanee had a decent year with the Carolina Panthers in 2011. In 15 games, he caught 44 passes for 467 yards and a touchdown. He will be entering his sixth season this fall and still has a lot of potential, especially considering that 2011 was his best statistical season.

Evans had a rough go of it in Baltimore during the 2011 season. He was brought in to improve the Ravens' receiving corps but played in just nine games and caught just four passes for 74 yards. He missed a portion of the season thanks to injuries but returned for the playoffs and dropped what could have been a game-winning touchdown pass in the AFC Championship Game.

Not a great year for the 31-year-old wideout. 

If the Jaguars actually want Gabbert to develop, they need to add players who can actually catch passes from him. Getting Robinson was a start, but they need more. Guys like Brian Robiskie, Jarett Dillard, Taylor Price and Mike Thomas don't exactly get me excited about their receiving corps. 

Both Naanee and Evans would be upgrades if they stay healthy.

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