Gerris Wilkinson Signing Is a Smart Move for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Today, the Jacksonville Jaguars cut linebacker Alvin Bowen. He was picked up midseason in 2010 in order to develop new talent and hopefully provide depth on the roster. It appears Jacksonville did not see enough from Bowen, as he is no longer with the team.
John Matthews, a receiver the Jaguars picked from the Colts' scraps in 2010, was also let go.
In turn, the Jaguars picked up first-year punter Brent Bowden and outside linebacker Gerris Wilkinson, now in his sixth season. Bowden will compete with Matt Turk for the starting job at punter, but the real news here is Wilkinson.
Gerris Wilkinson was drafted in the third round in 2006 out of Georgia Tech by the New York Giants. As a freshman at Georgia Tech, he was a teammate of Jaguars starting strong-side linebacker Daryl Smith. He may be part of the reason Wilkinson has ended up with the team.
Wilkinson played in a total of 47 games during his first five seasons with the Giants, starting seven. He has 68 total combined tackles and two forced fumbles to his name, according to NFL.com.
These aren't stellar stats for five seasons of work, true. However, Wilkinson knows what it is like to play for a championship organization and comes to the Jaguars able to provide good depth at linebacker, which, until very recently, may as well have pulled names out of a hat to field the group.
Now the Jaguars have three competent starters in Daryl Smith, Paul Posluszny and Clint Session, as well as suitable backup help in Russell Allen, Jacob Cutrera and Gerris Wilkinson.
Wilkinson marks the ninth unrestricted free agent signing for the Jaguars this offseason, and unless big problems arise through injuries or otherwise, they are likely finished acquiring talent for the time being.
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