Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brady Is Double Trouble Jags like Having Big Blocker and Pass Catcher

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brady Is Double Trouble Jags like Having Big Blocker and Pass Catcher

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Now that he's officially a member of the Jaguars, tight end Kyle Brady has the ideal 2-for-1 package -- getting top dollar while playing for a Super Bowl contender -- that he sought as a transition free agent.

The question for the Jaguars is whether they'll get the 2-for-1 deal that they want in a starting tight end.

That is, a player who can be both a punishing blocker and create problems for defenses as a receiver.

"Versatility is very important," Jaguars' coach Tom Coughlin said. "There are certain things you can accomplish by keeping the opponent's defensive personnel exactly the way you want them. The guy who can block and still be a vertical threat is a very important part of your offense. In Kyle Brady, we have a player that can do that.

"He's an outstanding target for the quarterback, and I think he'll be an exceptional weapon in the red [zone] area. There's no question about his blocking."

Brady, who signed a five-year $14.4 million offer sheet that the Jets declined to match, caught a career-high 30 passes for 315 yards last season. But those numbers still lag behind Pete Mitchell (38 catches, 363 yards), who had the transition tag taken off him yesterday by Jacksonville and is now an unrestricted free agent.

"Pete will find a place to play," said Ralph Cindrich, Mitchell's agent. "Pete understands this is part of the business. He's not going to handle it without any class."

The Jaguars are hoping Brady, a first-round draft pick of the Jets in 1995, becomes the complete tight end they have never been able to get out of either the receiver-oriented Mitchell or blocking specialist Damon Jones.

"Any tight end in the league that's used to catching four balls a game, you still have 60-70 plays besides that, even if you're Shannon Sharpe or Ben Coates," said Brady, who is receiving a $4 million signing bonus. …

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