Jacksonville Jaguars sign CB Davon House

So far this off-season, the Jaguars have given 32 million over 5 years to a guy who has been in the league 6 years and maxed out at 388 snaps in a season (Jeremy Parnell), 20.5 million over 5 years to a guy who has been in the league 6 years and maxed out at 398 snaps in a season (Dan Skuta), and now 25 million over 4 years to a guy who has been in the league 4 years and maxed out at 472 snaps in a season (Davon House). It’s an interesting strategy for a team with a ton of money to play with. All 3 of these players have flashed in limited action and the Jaguars think they’re finding diamonds in the rough, but the league generally is smart enough to not let guys slip through the cracks that many times and they’re overpaying based on what other teams around the league would have paid.

This deal is the best of the trio I think. Not only is House younger (only going into his age 26 season), but he’s only been on one team in his career, so it’s not like he’s bounced around the league unable to find starting work like the other 2 players. House, a 2011 4th round pick, just happens to have been stuck on a team with solid cornerback depth thus far in his career in Green Bay. I’m not surprised he got starting cornerback money and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there was a market for his services around this rate, so it’s far less likely that Jaguars were outbidding other teams by a significant amount for House than it is in the cases of Skuta and Pernell. That alone doesn’t make it a good move, but House has always graded out around average in his career and could definitely break out as a starter in Jacksonville in 2015 and beyond. It’s an overpay, but it’s not egregious.

Grade: C-

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