Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Ryan from Durham, NC:
With the Steelers in such a need for a safety who can cover and tackle, and with the possibility of a quality defensive back at pick 27 not available, is it possible they are interested in trading the pick to get Donovin Darius? That could give us an extra pick in the round and save money.
Vic: No trades can be made until the first day of the league calendar. At that time, unless the Jaguars sign Donovin Darius to a new contract, he will become an unrestricted free agent and no longer the property of the Jaguars. So, the answer to your question is, no.
Jonas from Jacksonville:
I think the Jags need a WR. If Charles Rogers is there, they better draft him or I will be upset. He is the best WR to come out since Randy Moss. What do you think?
Vic: If he's the best available player when it's the Jaguars' turn to pick, then take him. But don't take him just because he's a wide receiver.
Bob from Jacksonville:
How will Jack Del Rio make an impact on the Jaguars defense? Do you think the Jaguars should build up the team through free agency or use the draft?
Vic: Always through the draft; never through free agency. As far as Jack Del Rio's impact on the defense: I like his philosophy of defense, and certainly what he accomplished in Carolina last season. I like what he said on "Jaguars This Week" a couple of weeks ago, about the need for this team to become better at tackling. His philosophies are sound and grounded. His personality will give the Jaguars a lot of flash and dash, and I expect there will be some immediate results. But Del Rio is going to need players. This team's defensive personnel fell on hard times last season when it lost six starters to salary-cap measures. And who can tell what Tony Brackens' future is? We all need to be patient.
Brett from Glendive, MT:
I know Super Bowl XXXIX is two years away, but I'd like to know if you think the Jags have a chance of being the first team to play in its own Super Bowl. Also, do you think it's unfair that the Super Bowl can't be played in northern cities. I think a Super Bowl in Green Bay would be perfect and truly symbolize what the game is about.
Vic: I'm not going to blow smoke up your nose about the Jaguars' chances of hosting their own Super Bowl. All focus should be on rebuilding this team's roster and establishing the foundation of this new era. But the Jaguars wouldn't be the first to play in a Super Bowl it was also hosting. Super Bowl XIV was played in the Rose Bowl, and the Los Angeles Rams lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-19. A Super Bowl in Green Bay? No. I believe the Super Bowl should be a warm-weather event, but I sure like to see some snow in the playoffs.
Skeeter from Jacksonville:
The Jaguars signed 10 players yesterday. What are the restrictions, salary-cap wise, on signing players? Must a team remain under the cap at all times? If not, what's to keep a team from signing a bunch of players who might help them just to keep them away from other teams?
Vic: The salary cap is in force 365 days a year. Until the start of the new league calendar year, the 2002 cap will remain in force. The 10 players recently signed are considered futures because they will count against the 2003 cap, which doesn't take effect until the first day of the league calendar year. You may sign as many futures as you wish, but your roster may not exceed 80 players.
Cici from Jacksonville:
I was wondering if you have heard any news on our OT, Maurice Williams. He was certainly missed when he went on IR this season.
Vic: Maurice Williams' recovery and rehabilitation from the broken bone he suffered in his lower leg last season is right on schedule; no problems. That's what I've been told.