Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Texans Trio Deserve Credit for Jags' Economic Recovery

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Texans Trio Deserve Credit for Jags' Economic Recovery

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

The Jaguars won't have to look far if they some day join other NFL teams in creating their own ring of honor. Three sure-fire, no-brainer candidates are waiting for induction.

No, not Tony Boselli, Mark Brunell and Jimmy Smith.

Try Charley Casserly, Dom Capers and Bob McNair.

If those names don't sound familiar, they certainly do to the Jaguars. Because without the general manager, coach and owner of the expansion Houston Texans last winter, the Jaguars would look a lot different -- and probably a whole lot worse -- than what they put on the field at Alltel Stadium today.

To the Jaguars' benefit, Casserly, Capers and McNair were the ones who tossed away caution last February by taking Boselli and defensive tackles Gary Walker and Seth Payne from Jacksonville in the expansion draft.

They envisioned Boselli and Jets castoff Ryan Young anchoring an offensive line that would protect first-round draft choice David Carr, the promising quarterback from Fresno State.

Never mind that Boselli was coming off two recent shoulder surgeries. Or that, by taking those three Jaguars, the AFC South-bound Texans would give a team in their own division nearly $17 million in salary-cap relief.

In short, Casserly, Capers and McNair threw the Jaguars a life raft that might have saved a division rival for years to come.

Can you imagine the Jaguars doing that for the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Tennessee Titans in 1995? No, but it happened this time, and for that, the Jaguars will always be grateful.

Remember, the Jaguars were a staggering $28.3 million over the salary cap going into the expansion draft and would have had to send veterans packing left and right to get under the cap by the March 1 deadline.

As it was, the Jaguars lost 10 veteran starters to cap considerations. …

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