Often when a veteran is coming off a torn ACL as he reaches free agency, his team takes a wait-and-see approach.
Mathis has been a solid contributor and a solid citizen for the Jags since he was a second-round draft pick in 2003. He’s from Jacksonville, and played well last season before suffering the injury.
But he’s 31 and the Jaguars need to find some depth at cornerback, giving themselves an option as a starter for beyond 2012.
It’s a position they are certain to address in free agency or the draft, or both.