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The offseason begins


And now, the offseason officially begins.

With the Super Bowl two days in the rearview mirror, the NFL now enters a month or so of preparation and planning – with, of course, some tagging, scouting and re-signing/releasing mixed in.

The Jaguars this afternoon will hold a news conference featuring Jaguars Owner Shad Khan and President Mark Lamping, at which the two are expected to give an overall update on the state of the Jaguars, with an emphasis on what was considered a successful fall on the business side of the organization.

At the same time, new General Manager David Caldwell, the scouting staff and coaching staff are deep into the evaluation of the roster, something Caldwell began on a full-scale basis last week.

That evaluation period marks the beginning of a busy, important offseason for the Jaguars as the franchise moves in a new direction. Look for the Jaguars' personnel officials and coaches to head to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., in two weeks with a clearer vision of the organization's short- and long-term plan – and a clearer idea of which players may be re-signed and what areas they might pursue in free agency.

The free agency period is scheduled to begin March 12, but bear in mind: Jaguars Owner Shad Khan said during the week leading to the Super Bowl the team likely won't be major players early in the free-agency period, with the plan under Caldwell to build through the draft and use free-agency as a supplement.

With that in mind, while we wait for today's news conference, we'll take a quick, categorical look at some approaching offseason issues:

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*NFL Scouting Combine, February 20-26.

*Free agency period/start of new league year, March 12.

*Pro Days. No official calendar here, but draft selections hold on-campus workouts through must of March, the final days of February and the first days of April.

*NFL Draft: April 25-27.

The team also will hold organized team activities and minicamps in April, May and June, with specific dates still to be scheduled.


Teams may opt to place a franchise tag on one potential free agent per offseason before the free-agency period begins, with teams having the option of using the "exclusive" or non-exclusive version of the tag. If a team uses the exclusive tag, no team may negotiate with that player. If a team uses the non-exclusive version, teams can negotiate, but the team that signs the player will have to give up two first-round draft selections to the player's former team. A franchised player must be offered a one-year deal based on the figures below. The figures below are the projections for the non-exclusive tag, with the exclusive tag being higher and based on the average salaries of the top five players at each position. Because of the steep compensation (two first-round selections) for even the non-exclusive tag, the exclusive tag is rarely used, though the Saints used it on quarterback Drew Brees last offseason. Franchise figures for 2013:

*Quarterback: $14.642 million.

*Running back: $8.079 million.

*Wide receiver: $10.357 million.

*Offensive line: $9.660 million.

*Tight end: $5.962 million.

*Defensive end: $10.984 million.

*Defensive tackle: $8.306 million.

*Linebacker: $9.455 million.

*Safety: $6.798 million.

*Cornerback: $10.668 million.

*Kicker/punter: $2.926 million.


The following Jaguars players are scheduled to become free agents on March 12:

Linebacker Kyle Bosworth, offensive lineman Eben Britton, defensive end John Chick (exclusive rights free agent), cornerback Derek Cox, center John Estes (restricted), running back Rashad Jennings, fullback Greg Jones, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, cornerback Rashean Mathis, center Brad Meester, cornerback William Middleton, cornerback Antwaun Molden, quarterback Jordan Palmer, running back Jalen Parmele, tight end Zach Potter (restricted), defensive end George Selvie (restricted), wide receiver Jordan Shipley (restricted), Linebacker Daryl Smith, running back Keith Toston (exclusive rights), guard Steve Vallos.


Below is a list of top players around the NFL scheduled to become free agents on March 12. Many of the players listed, including Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, could re-sign with their teams or have the franchise tag used on them before March 12. The list does not include players such as 49ers quarterback Alex Smith or Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who could be released before the March 12, thus becoming free agents:


Joe Flacco, Baltimore

Matt Moore, Miami

Jason Campbell, Chicago

Tarvaris Jackson, Buffalo

Seneca Wallace, Seattle

Running backs

Steven Jackson, St. Louis

Reggie Bush, Miami

Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh

Felix Jones, Dallas

Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Cedric Benson, Green Bay

Peyton Hillis, Kansas City

Danny Woodhead, New England

Bernard Scott, Cincinnati

Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville

Wide receivers

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City

Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh

Greg Jennings, Green Bay

Wes Welker, New England

Danny Amendola, St. Louis

Brian Hartline, Miami

Julian Edelman, New England

Domenik Hixon, New York Giants

Randy Moss, San Francisco

Donny Avery, Indianapolis

Tight ends

Martellus Bennett, New York Giants

Dustin Keller, New York Jets

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta

Jared Cook, Tennessee

Fred Davis, Washington

Brandon Myers, Oakland

Anthony Fasano, Miami

Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay

James Casey, Houston

Ben Watson, Cleveland

Offensive tackles

Ryan Clady, Denver

Andre Smith, Cincinnati

Sebastian Vollmer, New England

Jake Long, Miami

Will Beatty, New York Giants

Branden Albert, Kansas City

Phil Loadholt, Minnesota

Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans

Gosder Cherilus, Detroit

Sam Baker, Atlanta

Offensive guards

Andy Levitre, Buffalo

Louis Vasquez, San Diego

Donald Thomas, New England

Kevin Boothe, New York Giants

Brandon Moore, New York Jets

Defensive ends

Michael Bennett, Tampa Bay

Michael Johnson, Cincinnati

Cliff Avril, Detroit

Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants

Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis

Mike DeVito, New York Jets

Matt Shaughnessy, Oakland

Israel Idonije, Chicago

Andre Carter, Oakland

Darryl Tapp, Philadelphia

Defensive tackles

Henry Melton, Chicago

Randy Starks, Miami

Glenn Dorsey, Kansas City

Desmond Bryant, Oakland

Richard Seymour, Oakland

Jason Jones, Seattle

Vance Walker, Atlanta

Spencer Johnson, Buffalo

Terrance Knighton, Jacksonville

Corey Williams, Detroit

Inside linebackers

Dannell Ellerbe, Baltimore

Brian Urlacher, Chicago

Brad Jones, Green Bay

Rey Maualuga, Cincinnati

Moise Fokou, Indianapolis

Outside linebackers

Paul Kruger, Baltimore

Anthony Spencer, Dallas

Daryl Smith, Jacksonville

Connor Barwin, Houston

Philip Wheeler, Oakland

Antwan Barnes, San Diego

Justin Durant, Detroit

Erin Henderson, Minnesota

Leroy Hill, Seattle

Shaun Phillips, San Diego


Aqib Talib, New England

Brent Grimes, Atlanta

Chris Houston, Detroit

Sean Smith, Miami

Cary Williams, Baltimore

Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Philadelphia

Derek Cox, Jacksonville

Bradley Fletcher, St. Louis

Mike Jenkins, Dallas


Jairus Byrd, Buffalo

Dashon Goldson, San Francisco

Ed Reed, Baltimore

Kenny Phillips, New York Giants

William Moore, Atlanta

Louis Delmas, Detroit

Chris Clemons, Miami

Patrick Chung, New England

Glover Quin, Houston

LaRon Landry, New York Jets

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