It’s official, the Jacksonville Jaguars number one target in this free agent class is now a Jaguar. Former Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is the newest weapon for sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles. The former basketball player has signed a five-year $46 million dollar contract, with $24 million guaranteed.
Thomas provides Bortles with a dynamic pass catcher with great size, he’s expected to give the Jaguars offense a much needed boost. He’ll be surrounded by a talented, but young receiving corps. All of which should give the young quarterback more options in the passing game. Thomas scored 12 touchdowns for the Broncos last season, he also caught 43 of the 60 passes thrown in his direction. He’ll also be able to create mismatches in the middle of the field and in the redzone. Which should make things easier on Bortles when he targets other pass catchers. Many will be watching to see how he fares in his first year without Peyton Manning.
New Jaguars TE Julius Thomas, signing his contract… pic.twitter.com/8BRCerCDDq
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2015
Thomas wasn’t the only player the Jaguars went after at the start of free agency. They addressed depth at several positions with the rest of their Monday signings. That included Jeremy Parnell, Jared Odrick, and Dan Skuta.Of those three, Odrick was the only starter. Parnell gets an opportunity to compete for a starting job where he wasn’t close to it in Dallas Skuta spent the last two seasons in San Francisco as one of the pass rushers in their outside linebacker rotation.
Yesterday, the Jags addressed the back end of their defense. They signed Davon House and Sergio Brown, both of which should be able to contribute to that young defense. As far as contracts go, the Jags did pretty well as Odrick has the second highest in terms of guaranteed money at $22 million.