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Expansion draft offers unique opportunity

Join *Jaguars Inside Report *Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Bob Rutter from Neptune Beach, FL:
If there was no expansion draft, how would the Jags get out of this cap problem? If Texas takes Boselli, isn't that like giving the Jags a get-out-of-jail card for free to someone in your own division?
I couldn't agree with you more. If I were the Texans, I would be very reluctant to give one of my top three competitors the break they need to rebuild their team. The fact of the matter is that if the Texans don't relieve the Jaguars of one of their major amortization hits, the Jaguars' salary cap recovery will be a much slower and more painful process. This is a unique opportunity; a chance to dump a major portion of your past salary cap mistakes on another team. Without this opportunity, the Jaguars wouldn't be able to extinguish more than a few amortizations a year for the next three years. If the Texans draft Tony Boselli and Gary Walker, the Jaguars might be able to clear their books in one year.

Jon Walker from Orange Park, FL:
Who is expected to stay with the team? Several years ago I quit watching and attending major league baseball because year to year you had no idea who played on what team. Feels like the same thing, only for different reasons.
I understand what you're saying. It's a definite concern. That's why it's so important to maintain a stable salary cap situation. You have to let players go, but a healthy cap will keep that to a minimum. Who is expected to stay? It's too early to tell, but all decisions will be salary cap based.

Kyle Newman from Jacksonville:
I was wondering that if the Texans draft Tony Boselli do you think the Jaguars would take anybody off the list?
It's likely the Jaguars would pull back Zach Wiegert if Tony Boselli is drafted by the Texans. The idea would be to preserve an offensive lineman. The same might be expected of one of the two defensive tackles (Gary Walker and Seth Payne). But you must understand that these people were put on this expansion list for salary cap purposes. They were put there with the hope the Texans would draft them. In my opinion, any player on that list who is not selected by the Texans will be released by the Jaguars before next season begins. I say that because in each case the players on the list represent a cap savings by releasing them.

Lane Baker from Orlando, FL:
With all of the Jags' cap problems the last couple of years, do you think Wayne Weaver might overcompensate and get too restrictive with signing players? I know they need to temper their expenditures, but I'm afraid they'll go too far in the other direction and not be a competitive team. Do you think there's a happy medium he'll reach?
I don't think you have to worry about the Jaguars spending money. That's how they got into this problem.

Quentin Traupe from Amsterdam:
If the Jaguars can re-sign Stacey Mack, which I think they will if Boselli goes to Texas, can he play fullback for the Jaguars?
Fullbacks block and runners run. Stacey Mack is a runner.

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