Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pass Rushers Top Jaguars' Wish List

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pass Rushers Top Jaguars' Wish List

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Remember the names Alonzo Spellman, Chuck Smith, Bryan Cox,

Robert Porcher and Darren Mickell.

One or two of them could be the answer to the Jacksonville

Jaguars' dreadful pass rush. All five are available to the

Jaguars and the rest of the NFL when the free-agent period

begins, which could be as soon as today or could be delayed

until next week.

The potential delay is a result of U.S. District Judge David S.

Doty's issuance yesterday of a temporary restraining order that

set the NFL salary cap for 1996 at $40.753 million, about $2.1

million higher than the owners wanted. Doty sided with the NFL

Players Association in setting the cap on the eve of what was to

begin the free-agent signing period.

Both sides may agree to delay free-agent signings until the

issue is resolved in a conference call with Doty on Thursday. A

decision on the delay was expected this morning.

At issue are ticket, local television and radio revenues

generated by the Jaguars and Carolina Panthers.

"It's unfortunate that in the 11th hour, when every team has to

the dollar what they can and can't do, there may be an

additional amount of money, and underscore may," said Michael

Huyghue, the Jaguars' vice president of football operations, who

added that he did not expect any delay. "You should not have any

indecision as to what the salary cap will be. It leaves you in a

gray area."

At the higher cap figure, the Jaguars will have $10 million to

$11 million to spend.

Whenever the signings begin, the Jaguars plan on being

aggressive -- especially when it comes to the top-notch players

-- as they enter their second year in the market.

Last year, the team signed 11 unrestricted free agents. This

year, coach Tom Coughlin said the target number is four or

five. And he said the team will shoot for the "A-level"


"If you sign four or five A players, you have a huge chunk of

money gone, which is OK," said Coughlin. "Because that is really

what you would like to do. You can't talk about playmakers

without being in that category of money. …

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