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Count Alex's Losses
03-02-2005, 07:24 PM
Last year they lost Bertrand Berry. Now they let Hayward go! ROFL

Jaguars sign Hayward
3/2/05
By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com senior editor

(March 2)-They targeted him and they signed him. Reggie Hayward, considered to be the top player among the free-agent defensive end crop, signed a five-year contract with the Jaguars on Wednesday evening.

“We think Reggie is an ascending player and we're excited to add him to our defensive front. We feel that alongside Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, he'll have an opportunity to generate a lot of production,” Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said of the addition of Hayward.

Hayward arrived at Alltel Stadium in mid-afternoon on Wednesday and signed the contract by seven p.m. Wednesday signaled the start of the free-agent signing period.

“I was in the office at midnight last night, we talked and it seemed like he had a lot of interest in this and this was the right fit. He knew a lot about us and John and Marcus, was interested in playing with them and for Jack. Things went fairly quickly,” Jaguars salary cap boss and lead contract negotiator Paul Vance said.

The addition of Hayward, 6-5, 275, addressed a desperate need at defensive end, where the Jaguars' top pass-rusher last season was converted linebacker Greg Favors. Hayward had 10.5 sacks with the Broncos last season, and seven of those sacks were against AFC South teams. Hayward recorded a sack against the Jaguars in week two, in a game in which Hayward was judged to have dominated the early action.

Hayward had three sacks against Tennessee, two against Indianapolis and one against Houston. The Jaguars' hope, of course, is that playing each of those teams twice in the regular season will cause Hayward's sacks total to skyrocket.

At 25, Hayward just completed his fourth pro season and is entering what should be the prime years of his career. He was a third-round draft pick by the Broncos out of Iowa State in 2001. In '03, Hayward rose to prominence with 8.5 sacks.

The Broncos had the “franchise” tag available to use on Hayward, but declined to do so. The Broncos are tight against the salary cap and would've needed to re-structure a couple of contracts to make room for Hayward, and that option may have been made further unattractive by the fact that the Broncos are switching to a 3-4 defense in '05 and Hayward is clearly not suited to play end in a 3-4.

milkman
03-02-2005, 07:25 PM
Wait for it.....wait for it....

shaneo69
03-02-2005, 07:26 PM
Boy, ya gotta feel sorry for the donks, losing Kennedy and now Hayward.

Too bad.

siberian khatru
03-02-2005, 07:26 PM
No biggie. Champ will just have to blitz more.

the Talking Can
03-02-2005, 07:34 PM
that's a big loss for Denver...they made a mistake last year letting Berry go and now they've donw it again...at least they have 13 LBs now....

wisconsinhomer
03-02-2005, 08:44 PM
the Broncos don't need hayword. there going to win the superbowl next year no matter what players they have.

Mile High Mania
03-02-2005, 08:46 PM
No need to freak out at this point... just day 1.

ceebz
03-02-2005, 08:47 PM
No need to freak out at this point... just day 1.


I remember muttering that last year.......

Mile High Mania
03-02-2005, 08:48 PM
"Hayward had three sacks against Tennessee, two against Indianapolis and one against Houston."

So, half his sacks in two games vs Volek (titans) and Sorgi (colts). There's my spin... let's not make more this than what it really is, my friends.

Alec R
03-02-2005, 08:53 PM
Id agree with Mile HIgh except that Hayward still managed to do more than anyone else on the line did. Volek was the hottest QB not named PayMeATon when Denver played them and Sorgi still lit us up for a few touchdowns.

If Denver has a plan, its a f*cking mystery to me.

Hercules Rockefell
03-02-2005, 09:35 PM
So, half his sacks in two games vs Volek (titans) and Sorgi (colts). There's my spin... let's not make more this than what it really is, my friends.

Don't forget that the Titans had to play a 3rd string interior lineman at left tackle that night.