The Jaguars have spent their first day of free agency filling two needs, a wide out and a backup quarterback. First the team came to terms with now former Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon, who will take Quinn Gray’s spot as David Garrard’s backup quarterback. Then the team made a big deal later in the day as they signed now Raiders wide out Jerry Porter to a big deal – 6 years at $30 million with $10 mil guaranteed.
Lemon is a QB that can be a quality backup, as last season he had some solid moments even though the Dolphins limped to a 1-15 record. Lemon, 28, led the team to their only win, an overtime home win over the Ravens. He got a pretty good chunk of change from the Jags, $8.1 mil for three years with a $2.95 mil signing bonus. Reports say that the Vikings and Giants also had interest in Lemon.
As for Porter, he comes with a bit of a better resume, but has been widely known to have a bad attitude and issues with his coaching staff. In Oakland, he showed moments of being a top wide out, only to then get yanked for issues with the coaches like Art Shell back in 2006. That season he played in just four games, and caught only one pass. This past season things for him were back to normal, as he caught 44 passes for 705 yards and six TD’s.
He was a second-round pick in 2000, has 284 career catches for 3,339 yards and 30 touchdowns. His best seasons in Oakland were in 2004 and 2005, when he had 140 catches for 1,940 yards and 14 touchdowns. In all, Porter appeared in 105 games for the Raiders.