The Jacksonville Jaguars have been mimicking the Seattle Seahawks.
Before last season, they hired Seahawks’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as their head coach and this offseason, they added former Seahawks’ defensive lineman Red Bryant.
Now, it looks like they could follow the Seahawks’ model once again. According to Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times Union, the Jaguars and wide receiver Cecil Shorts could work out a deal similar to the one Doug Baldwin just signed with the Seahawks.
Did the Baldwin (who is 25) deal set the market for Shorts (who is 26), who becomes a free agent next March?
“I’m not even thinking about that,” No. 84 said after Thursday’s OTA workout, which he sat out with a calf injury. “That’s not my job.”
Asked if he noticed Baldwin’s deal, Shorts said: “You take note of everybody. … But I don’t have anything to do with the numbers – that’s something my [representation] and [Jaguars general manager] Dave [Caldwell] will figure out when the time comes.
“I’m just focused on football.”
Shorts and Baldwin have had similar careers thus far. In three years in the NFL, Baldwin has made 130 receptions for 1,932 yards and 12 touchdowns while Shorts had made 123 catches for 1,786 yards and 11 touchdowns despite playing in nine less games.
O’Halloran points out that the Jaguars could be starting a rookie quarterback at some point this season (Blake Bortles) and added the very talented Marqise Lee in the draft, meaning Shorts’ numbers could dip this season. He made 66 receptions for 777 yards and three touchdowns last season.