By signing veteran tackle Tra Thomas Monday to a three-year deal, the Jacksonville Jaguars have filled a huge hole on the left side of their line. But theyve done something even more important.
They've given themselves a chance to get a franchise passer.
As long as there was a huge hole at left tackle, the Jaguars had to focus on that spot in the draft, maybe even with the eighth pick in the first round.
But with Thomas signed, the Jaguars might now be able to land the franchise passer that I think they need. If Matt Stafford or Marck Sanchez is there when they pick with the eighth pick and one of those players is ranked high on their board, it wouldn't be a shock to see the team take a quarterback.
David Garrard is 31 and didn't play well last season. With the team clearly in rebuilding mode, I would think that taking a quarterback would be a high priority.
Cleo Lemon, the backup, isn't the answer.
The ultimate prize would be to see Stafford fall to them at No. 8. They get a local kid -- hey, Georgia plays in Jacksonville every year -- and they'd get a player with rocket, someone they can build around.
Thomas fits a need. But it also might be a signing that helps the Jaguars in the long run at quarterback.