The Jaguars are hoping to sign quarterback Chad Henne to an extension over the next few days because he can still be a key player for the team as GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley continue to try and turn the franchise around, writes the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.
Henne is coming off a season in which he started 13 games and threw for 3,421 yards and 13 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He’s the first Jaguars quarterback to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season since David Garrard in 2009. Henne, who had nine TD passes and five interceptions in the final five games, didn’t tear it up but he did bring stability to an offense that had none when Blaine Gabbert was on the field.
Caldwell said at the NFL combine that better offensive line play and additional playmakers would allow Henne to keep the team "afloat."
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Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette writes that the release of veteran guard Uche Nwaneri is another sign the Jaguars' offensive line needs to be fixed.
Grantland's Bill Barnwell writes that the larger salary cap won't benefit every team. It hurts teams like the Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders because "the deep pockets of the league's worst teams look far less appealing."
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, a potential target for the Jaguars in free agency, said on SiriusXM satellite radio on Monday that he's looking forward to remaining with the Seahawks.
NFL.com's Elliot Harrison takes an offseason look at the AFC South and breaks down each team's top needs in free agency and the draft.