The Jaguars may have shocked the team and the fans in Jacksonville by releasing Uche Nwaneri on Wednesday, but the team has announced it has signed two of its own players to new deals. According to sources close to the team, tight end Clay Harbor and tackle Cameron Bradfield will both be in black and teal in 2014.
Bradfield was a reserve tackle and offensive lineman for the franchise in 2012 and started out as a reserve tackle and then was pressed into action when the team traded Eugene Monroe to Baltimore and rookie Luke Joeckel suffered a broken ankle. He played on the left side in the second half of the season with Luke Pasztor occupying the right side for the team.
According to nfltraderumors.co, “Bradfield to a two-year contract on Thursday, according to Bradfield’s agent, Andy Simms.”
Bradfield, 26, signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State back in 2011. He was a restricted free agent before this contract, so it appears as though the Jaguars believe he has a chance to develop into at least a role player in the coming years.
Harbor was signed just before the start of the regular season in 2013 and started in place of the injured Marcedes Lewis for most of the first half of the season.
The former Philadelphia Eagles player signed a two-year deal, per a league source. He had 24 catches for 292 yards last season.
Once Lewis returned from injury in the second half of the year, his production was limited as the UCLA product became a focal point in the Jaguars passing game. It is possible both Harbor and Lewis could be used in two-tight end sets in team offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch’s game plan.
In other Jaguars news, it appears Chad Henne could be the target of a few teams should he hit the free agent market.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports expects Jaguars’ free agent QB Chad Henne to find a “decent” amount of interest on the open market.
The Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets could all be options for Henne in the coming weeks. Recent reports have indicated that other free agent quarterbacks like Josh McCown and Matt Cassel could also have market value.
The report reiterates claims that Jacksonville has said that they would like to retain Henne, but he will be able to meet with prospective teams this weekend, which means it could be a few weeks before the Jaguars have an idea of what it would take to re-sign him.