A little over a month ago, the Jaguars were considered one of the handful of teams that could legitimately win the Super Bowl. Four losses later, Jacksonville headed into its bye reeling and its only hope for a turnaround was Leonard Fournette returning and lifting the offense out of the funk its been in since defenses figured out how to shut down the simple passing game the coaching staff has put together for Blake Bortles.
But, over the weekend, the Cardinals provided the Jags with a new hope.
Arizona released veteran QB Sam Bradford, who had been benched in September for rookie Josh Rosen. If he makes it through waivers – any team that claims him would have to pay him $2.3 million for this season – Bradford will be free to sign with the team of his choice.
You have to figure the Jaguars will be interested in signing Bradford. Even if Fournette returns and helps turn around the running game, there’s only so much a one-dimensional running back can do for an offense and the unit’s biggest problem remains the quarterback position. If the team is going to make it back to the postseason, a change has to be made at quarterback.
Bradford is no franchise quarterback, and it appears injuries have prematurely brought an end to his prime; but, at the very least, the 2010 first-overall pick still has a good arm and is capable of making any throw a coaching staff draws up.
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