Prince Amukamara, CB: 1 year, unknown amount
Mackenzy Bernadeau, OG: 2 years, $4 million
Bernadeu is solid depth on the interior of any line. He’s getting paid for just a bit more than that on the open market, which is to be expected.
As long as he’s not counted on to start, I like this move pretty well.
Brad Nortman, P: 4 years, $8.8 million
Nortman is a fine punter, and the Jaguars needed one since Bryan Anger is a free agent.
I don’t much understand paying more than the veteran minimum for Nortman though. He’s nothing special.
And locking him up on a 4 year deal? It’s just kind of strange.
Re-Sign Marcedes Lewis: 3 years, $12 million
I would hate paying Lewis $4 million a year if another team was doing it.
Since he’s staying home though, I only mostly dislike it. There were better options on the market, but the Jags bought high last year on Julius Thomas and don’t want to blow all their money in one place.
Lewis is apparently good in the locker room and the community too, which never hurts a player’s value.
Tashaun Gipson, S: 5 years, $35.5 million
I really like Gipson but it has to concern the Jags whether or not last year was an anomaly.
He had a brilliant 2014 and he’s still young and likely entering his prime, so there’s upside, but it remains to be seen whether he can be the lynchpin to hold together a poor secondary, which is what the Jags have right now.
At 7 mil per year, the Jags are betting a fair amount that he is.
Malik Jackson, DL: 6 years, $85.5 million, $31.5 million guaranteed
Malik Jackson was the best available player on the market at the time. That doesn’t mean he is worth the nearly $13 million per year the Jags are handing him.
He will not live up to this contract, for many reasons. The biggest thing to consider is the talent around him on the defensive line: there is none. Dante Fowler Jr. is an unknown commodity and Jared Odrick is an average starter. There’s not much else to get excited about.
Jackson is a good player, but he will not change that defense without some help.
Chris Ivory, RB: 5 years, $32.5 million, $10-15 million guaranteed
Running backs are not worth almost $7 million per season. They are not.
Consider also that Ivory is expected to be in a timeshare with T.J. Yeldon and you see why this deal feels a bit egregious.
I can at least admit I understand it. When healthy, Ivory was one of the most dominant backs in the NFL last season and Gus Bradley, David Caldwell and company have one year left to show the results of their master plan.
With $90 million to spend in free agency, they have the flexibility to buy the pieces they need and they clearly feel Ivory could be a missing piece on their offense.
I don’t necessarily agree, as I think they should probably be looking more toward their offensive and defensive lines (even after the Malik Jackson signing), but to each his own.