Join jaguars.com Senior Writer Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Andrew Sims from Flagstaff, AZ:
If the Jags are able to renegotiate Brunell and Hardy, will the cap savings be used to sign draft picks? Is there any way they can re-sign Fordham or Jeff Smith? Who else besides Boselli and Meester are going to play offensive line? Finally, is it true Paup's contract still counts against this year's cap, even though he's playing for the Vikings. If it is, don't you think that is silly that a player has a contract with another team and his old team is still held responsible under the cap?
The Jaguars must free up cap room to sign their 2001 draft class. That's why they are desperate to conclude negotiations with Mark Brunell, and come to a decision on Kevin Hardy. Depending on what happens on those two fronts, and depending on what the Jags do in the draft, you might seem them pursue either Todd Fordham or Jeff Smith. As for right now, John Wade would be the Jags' center and Zach Wiegert, provided he recovers fully from his knee surgery of last Oct., is expected to replace Brenden Stai at right guard. That leaves a gaping void at right tackle, which is why the Jaguars are expected to draft a tackle in the first or second round. Finally, Bryce Paup will count $3.6 million on this year's Jaguars salary cap. The Jaguars chose to defer a portion of Paup's cap hit to 2001, causing this worst-case scenario: Off the roster but on the cap. It was their choice.
Cory Fausnight from Louisville, OH:
The draft is coming up and I wanted to know who the Jaguars are looking for in the draft. Is there any specific player or position? They could use another wide receiver because R. Jay Soward hasn't been productive, or even another linebacker or lineman.
Matt Kesling from Clarksburg, WV:
How is the draft going to determine the outlook on this season?
Jimmy Young from Fruit Cove, FL:
With the promotion of Bob Petrino to offensive coordinator, do you think Kyle Brady will play as big of a part in the offense as he did last year? In your opinion, what style of offense will Petrino run?
James Decker from Jacksonville:
Do you think salaries of players will ever mellow, or will they continue to be outrageous to the point of this A-Rod fella in baseball? I believe no player is worth 10 other players.
Romeo Gibbs from Denver, CO:
If Mark Brunell's contract does not get done, can the Jags trade him to soften the cap hit?
The Jaguars would save $7 million on their 2001 salary cap by trading Brunell, as long as the trade is done before March 31. On that day, if the Jaguars haven't reached a new contract with Brunell, the Jaguars must pay Brunell a $2.5 million roster bonus, or Brunell would become an unrestricted free agent. The moment the Jaguars would pay that roster bonus, it would be added to the existing $6.35 million amortization for Brunell on this year's cap.