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It works both ways

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

William from Pittsburgh, PA:
I'm a transplanted UT fan in Pittsburgh and I was wondering about John Henderson. I read that he's had some injury problems the past couple of years; first his ankle and now his back. I remember his junior year when he was projected as the number one overall pick and he had a great year. I noticed he was 285 pounds then but gained weight since then. Do you think he'll be less injury-prone if he drops back down to his 285? I know that's bad for a defensive tackle but I'd hate to see one of UT's best suffer an early exit from the NFL due to all these injuries. What do you know about his situation?

Vic: Frankly, I can't imagine John Henderson at 285 pounds. He's a huge man (6-7) and his weight (325) appears to fit his frame. However, if his back problems persist, weight-loss may be proposed as a possible remedy.

Jim from Newcastle, Australia:
If players statistically perform at a higher level in their "contract years," doesn't it make statistical sense to offer a lot more one-year contracts, with a greater proportion of monies placed into the "likely to be earned" and "not likely to be earned" baskets? Or could this approach have a disastrous cap effect if a large number of these players achieve at too high a level of play?

Vic: One-year contracts are fine in the right situations; players who have yet to establish their long-term futures in the NFL. But you can't treat the core players on your team that way. If you did, you'd lose them. And if you negotiated not to lose them, you'd be paying inflationary prices every season.

Jacques from London, England:
I liked some of the "pick-your-brain" signings by Tom Coughlin; Ainsley Battles before the Steelers game in 2001, Kevin Lockett before the Redskins game last year. Some of these guys do pan out well. Is this a general coaching philosophy?

Vic: Once upon a time, it was an unwritten rule that coaches didn't do that sort of thing. Those who did could expect payback. In fact, I still believe Greg Lloyd's hit on Keenan McCardell in 1997 was payback for signing Jim Miller before the first game between the two teams, then cutting Miller the day after the game was played. But times have changed. There's much greater player movement from team to team than there was years ago, and the weekly roster moves in the NFL have also increased dramatically. "Pick-your-brain" signings have become somewhat standard operating procedure. But it works both ways.

Patrick from Pittsburgh, PA:
ESPN is reporting the Jags are pursuing Jason Sehorn. To your knowledge, how true is this?

Vic: The Jaguars and Rams are the teams interested in Jason Sehorn.

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