The Jaguars' first acquisition in this free agency period is a player they believe has another level left in his game. Kassim Osgood is a player the Jaguars believe can be more than just a special teams star. They believe he can become a contributing wide receiver.
"I'm thoroughly excited to have a chance to contribute to a team on more than one level. It's something I've wanted for a long time," Osgood told jaguars.com after signing a long-term contract with the Jaguars on Saturday during a visit to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
Osgood was hidden behind a talented corps of receivers during his seven seasons with the Chargers, as evidenced by his limited production during that time: thirty-three receptions for 647 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-5, 220-pound Osgood starred, however, on special teams, having been selected to the Pro Bowl in three of the last four years.
"I had an injury in my third year. They drafted some receivers and they wanted to stick with those receivers," Osgood explained of his limited role in the Chargers' passing game.
With the Jaguars, Osgood will be given the opportunity to compete for playing time among a young group of receivers that are attempting to establish their roles and their careers.
"No team is going to give you a guarantee. I know the organization is prideful in the blue-collar work they do," said Osgood, who played on all four of the Chargers' main special teams units.
"That was a great way to make the team," Osgood said, referring to the special teams niche he carved after having signed as an undrafted free agent from San Diego State in 2003.
"I'm just thrilled to have the opportunity. I have some great speed," he said, claiming to run a 4.4 40. "Whatever the quarterback needs, I'll be there to deliver for him. If he needs to throw deep, I'll go deep."
Osgood has receptions of 57 (touchdown) and 65 yards to his credit. The 49ers, Chiefs, Lions and Browns had also expressed interest in Osgood. Jacksonville was his first visit since free agency began on Friday.
"It's a great bunch of guys here," he said.
A native of Salinas, Calif., Osgood earned first-team All Mountain West honors as a senior at San Diego State. He ranked second in the nation with 108 receptions and was fourth with 119.4 receiving yards per game. He began his career at Cal Poly before transferring to San Diego State following his sophomore season.
The Jaguars also hosted free-agent defensive end Aaron Kampman in a visit to Jacksonville on Saturday.