@ESPNdirocco: There's always a chance, but I have yet to hear his name linked with the Jaguars with anyone that I've talked to. The search for a replacement for Jedd Fisch isn't going to be finished this weekend so I'm sure there will be more candidates emerging.
@ESPNdirocco: The most recent mock drafts around the Web seem to indicate that those two players will go with the first two picks, but the draft is a long way off. There's still the combine and team interviews and a lot can happen during that time. I think the most likely scenario for the Jaguars to get trade offers is if one of those players isn't taken with the first two picks. I believe GM David Caldwell would like to move down if he could, but it depends on the offer and how far back the move would be.
@ESPNdirocco pats just resigned SS Chung and another player to ext. does this mean that McCourty is on his way out? Jax a potential spot? $$— zach goodall (@zach_goodall) January 9, 2015
@ESPNdirocco: Patrick Chung's new contract isn't very big (at most $8.2 million) so I don't think that impacts the Patriots' decision on Devin McCourty. It'd be crazy for the Patriots to keep Chung over McCourty. The Patriots could put the franchise tag on him and there's still time to work out a contract extension. If he were available I believe the Jaguars would go pretty hard after him.
@ESPNdirocco: I think Caldwell would prefer it to work out the same way it did with Jason Babin: The Jaguars cut Lewis and he quickly agrees to sign a more team-friendly contract. However, it depends on whether Marcedes Lewis is willing to do that. The Jags could still keep him at his current salary, too, because they're so far under the cap in 2015 that they'd be able to absorb his cap figure of $8.3 million.
@ESPNdirocco: If I had to pick one, I'd say free safety because that's an integral piece to the defense and the Jaguars need an upgrade there. The Jaguars would benefit from a veteran or two at receiver and at tight end as well if Marcedes Lewis doesn't return.
@ESPNdirocco from a fan who didnt get to see Jags football regularly until recently, who was the better player; Henderson or Stroud?— Damian Moody-Smith (@DMoodySmith) January 9, 2015
@ESPNdirocco: Though I was in the Jacksonville area then, I was covering the University of Florida for the Florida Times-Union so I didn't pay close attention to the Jaguars. However, I know that Marcus Stroud was a three-time Pro Bowler and was voted All-Pro three times. Henderson made two Pro Bowls and was a second-team All-Pro once. Stroud had 29.5 quarterback sacks and Henderson had 29. Basically I'm saying they were both pretty darn good and they complemented each other well. It'd be hard to choose between them.
@ESPNdirocco: That's a possibility. Maybe Baltimore QB coach Rick Dennison, who was Gary Kubiak's offensive coordinator in Houston from 2010-13. The Texans used the zone-blocking scheme to which the Jaguars are committed.
@ESPNdirocco: Like I said in reference to Kyle Shanahan, there's always a chance but there have been reports that Marc Trestman may not be a priority candidate for the Jaguars.
@ESPNdirocco: I think it corresponds to their needs, which means offensive line and pass-rusher are the top two priorities. They'll also look at running backs and safeties pretty closely, too.
@ESPNdirocco: They absolutely will have interest in Cobb, who is one of the top young receivers in the game. However, it'd be a surprise if he were available. I expect Green Bay to work out an extension or use the franchise tag on him.
@ESPNdirocco: Caldwell said the Jaguars don't have to spend big this offseason but it would be a surprise to me if they weren't very aggressive. It's hard to say which players they'll target or have a chance to land because we don't know who will be available.
@ESPNdirocco: No. He's a very good player and durable, but the team would be better served spending the kind of money that it would take to sign Ndamukong Suh. I doubt he'll even be available. Detroit GM Martin Mayhew said this week the team is willing to use the franchise tag on Suh.
@ESPNdirocco: It's not a great class of safeties. Probably the best after McCourty is Cleveland's Tashaun Gipson, but he's a restricted free agent. I don't expect the Jaguars to target Rahim Moore because he doesn't fit the system as a centerfield safety.
@ESPNdirocco: Caldwell said he wants Alualu back and Alualu told me he wants to be back, so I'd say there's a very good chance he'll be here in 2015. He'll get moderate interest but it's not like he'll be fielding big-money offers.
@ESPNdirocco: Gus Bradley was going to be under pressure next season whether he kept Jedd Fisch or not, so the decision to fire him has no bearing or that. After winning just seven games in his first two seasons Bradley needs to win more in 2015.