Should the Jaguars Spend in Free Agency (and Other AFC South Must-Reads)?

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 24, 2013

Free agency will buy you a servicible player for elite money.
Free agency will buy you a servicible player for elite money.Rick Stewart/Getty Images

Vito Stellino is a respected veteran writer for the Florida Times-Union, but that doesn't mean all his ideas are good.

Today's article of the day finds Stellino arguing in favor of the Jacksonville Jaguars going bonkers in free agency the way Gene Smith did in 2011.

Stellino recognizes that the moves netted just seven wins in two seasons, but feels that the immediate improvement to the defense justifies the free-spending behavior.

With all due respect, he could not be more wrong.

Despite a painful lack of talent the Jaguars are saddled with several terrible contracts, two of which can be directly tied to Smith's disastrous spending spree. The other was just signed in the past offseason.

Smith drastically overpaid for Paul Posluszny and Dawan Landry. He spent too much on Clint Session who was a massive injury risk. As for Drew Coleman and Matt Roth, they didn't make it through even two seasons with the club.

To be frank, the spending spree of 2011 was an unmitigated disaster and the kind of mistake no one should emulate.

The quality players the Jaguars did get were overpaid and the rest never panned out.

For everyone's sake, David Caldwell should stay as far away from the Smith playbook on free agency as possible.


General Interest

Neil Paine of Football Perspective has a brilliant piece illustrating that there is no such thing as a clutch playoff quarterback.


Houston Texans

Paul Kuharsky of looks at the Texans' priorities in the offseason.

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says Matt Schaub is getting distance at the Pro Bowl.

Ganguli says all the Texans at the Pro Bowl are happy to get away for a while.


Indianapolis Colts

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star answers questions about Pep Hamilton. interviews Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne.

Kuharsky lists priorities for the Colts.

Ben Savage of Colts Authority looks at inconsistent officiating.


Tennessee Titans

Kuharsky lists priorities for the Titans.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says Jake Locker still feels pain when sleeping.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Kuharsky has priorities for the Jaguars.

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says none of the first-round quarterbacks look good for the second spot in the draft.