There was nowhere else they would rather be.
Now, as far as what the newest Jaguars were allowed to do at EverBank Field on Friday night, that was a different story. But make no mistake:
While Clint Session, Paul Posluszny and Jason Spitz would vastly prefer to have been practicing with their new teammates Friday, the three veterans who signed free agent deals with the team earlier that evening each were extremely happy with their new surroundings.
"They're on the winning path," Posluszny told reporters following the Friday night session. "That's something I haven't experienced before, being in the middle of a playoff run. I know this team can do that."
Posluszny, a middle linebacker and a second-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft, spent his first four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and while Session – an outside linebacker and a fourth-round 2007 selection by Indianapolis – made the post-season each of his first four seasons as a member of the Colts, he, too, talked about the advantage of his surroundings.
For session, the lure of Jacksonville was several-fold:
Not only was it a chance for the Pompano Beach native to stay in Florida, it was a chance to do so in the comparatively familiar surroundings of the AFC South and to do so behind a defensive line with big, physical tackles such as Tyson Alualu and Terrance Knighton.
"I haven't had beef like that in front of me in Indy, ever," Session said. "It's going to be fun."
The three players signed Friday can't practice until the NFL Players Association completes the recertification process, allowing the recently negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement to become official. As a result, they spent their first practice with the Jaguars in shorts and t-shirts watching from the sidelines.
"It's different being out on a football field seeing practice, and even more different having to stand and watch," Posluszny said. "I'm excited to get into it and get started."
Said Session, who missed the final 11 games of last season with an elbow injury, "It's frustrating. I want to play. I was hurt most last year, so I'm more thirsty than anybody to run around and hit somebody."
Session said the chance to play the Colts twice a year will provide added incentive.
"When I join an organization, I buy in," Session said. "I'm an intense guy, personally. That stuff rubs off. I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team out. I was looking for an opportunity where I could be appreciated for what I bring to the game. There's no better place.
"This team's serious. They recognized what we need to improve and let's go get it. Let's make our team the best team so we have no excuses, no explanations. Let's go win the AFC South."
Of the Colts, who have won seven of nine AFC South titles, Session said, "They can be beaten."
Spitz, a an offensive guard/center and a Jacksonville native who played at The Bolles School before playing collegiately at Louisville, played his first five seasons with Green Bay.
"This is the best situation for me," Spitz said.