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Jaguars Free Agency 2012: Is Mario Williams A Smart Investment For Jacksonville?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of salary cap room to play with in Free Agency, and they desperately need a pass rusher to help their defense. Mario Williams is one of the best rush defensive ends in the league and is a free agent. Seems like a pretty good match, right? Our Jags blog Big Cat Country certainly thinks so.

Williams may command a ridiculous contract. It may even end up as something like eight years, $120 million with $50 million guaranteed. That's a lot of money, but it's still a smart play for the Jaguars. Rather than throwing smaller deals at "upside" free agents like Pierre Garcon, Wallace Gilberry, or Tim Jennings, it's time for the Jaguars to swing for the fences.

Williams will cost a ton, but signing him would single-handedly improve a pass-rush that would be near the bottom of the league without Mincey to at least the middle of the pack. If they're able to bring Mincey back as well, Williams, Mincey, and potential draft picks could create a pass-rush that would rival the league's best.

There are some rumors out there that the Jaguars will have interest in Williams, but if he is in it for the money, the Jaguars can certainly compete with anyone else.

For all news and information regarding the Jacksonville Jaguars and their offseason moves, please visit Big Cat Country.

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