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Lockout Hurting the Jags More than a Lot of Teams

Gene Frenette writes in his blog at the Florida Times Union that the lockout is hurting the Jags to the point where it will hurt them in the 2011 season.

As the gulf between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association executive DeMaurice Smith continues to widen, the fears about a labor agreement being reached without some kind of impact on the regular season are growing.

For the Jaguars, the huge effect isn’t just on a rookie draft class led by quarterback Blaine Gabbert, but on general manager Gene Smith losing valuable time in signing veteran free agents to help rebuild a porous defense. If this lockout spills into mid-August or September, then key components the Jaguars might pursue (possibly Buffalo Bills LB Paul Posluszny, San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle, Minnesota Vikings DE Ray Edwards) won’t have much time to transition.

With organized team activities virtually gone, and training camp startup uncertain, the Jaguars are falling behind teams that at least have more reliable defensive starters returning. The likelihood of the Jaguars re-signing free agent middle linebacker Kirk Morrison increases because his adjustment period would be easier.

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