JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars addressed their weakness at right tackle by signing Jermey Parnell last month. Now it appears the team is working on trying to shore up the depth and add competition to the middle of the offensive line.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, free-agent center Stefen Wisniewski spent the day visiting with Jaguars brass in Jacksonville on Wednesday. He had visited New England earlier in the week. The four-year veteran from Penn State has drawn interest from several other teams, including Chicago and Seattle, but has gone unsigned, possibly in part because he is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Last year, the Jaguars signed left guard Zane Beadles in free agency and drafted right guard Brandon Linder in the third round and center Luke Bowanko in the sixth round. Beadles started every game, Linder played and started in 15 games and Bowanko played in every game and started 14. The Jaguars ran for 102.1 yards per game, which was 21st in the NFL, but better than their performance in 2013 (78.5 yards per game).
The team is excited about Linder's future and is pleased with the way Bowanko performed, even though the plan was to bring him along slowly. However, he was forced into action when Jacques McClendon struggled in the first two games. Beadles didn't play well in the first half of the season, but coach Gus Bradley said Beadles played his best football of the season during the final six games.
Jaguars GM David Caldwell said he wanted to upgrade the depth and competition along the offensive line in free agency. Wisniewski, provided he's healthy, would be able to do that. After being drafted by Oakland in the second round in 2011, Wisniewski started every game at left guard as a rookie before moving to center in 2012. He only missed three games in the last three seasons.
New Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator in Oakland and is familiar with Wisniewski.