The Jaguars and Torry Holt are working toward finalizing a contract that would bring the seven-time Pro Bowl WR to a team in need of bolstering the position.
The sides are still discussing contract parameters, and a deal isn’t expected to be reached before Sunday.
Holt, who has visited the Jaguars and Titans and has had former Rams teammate Orlando Pace lobby for him to join the Bears, is still in the decision-making process. But the fact that he is engaged in talks with the Jaguars is a strong indicator that Holt could be headed there.
Holt, 32, was released by the Rams on March 13 in a cost-cutting move by the only franchise for which he has ever played. Holt is coming off one of the worst seasons of his 10-year NFL career (64 receptions for 796 yards, three touchdowns). However, much of Holt’s diminished production has been attributed to the overall struggles of a Rams team that finished 2-14 and underwent an in-season coaching change from Scott Linehan to Jim Haslett.
The Jaguars, who released WRs Matt Jones and Jerry Porter and didn’t re-sign Reggie Williams, are in dire need of an upgrade at the position. There is speculation that the Jaguars could take a wide receiver with the eighth overall pick in next week’s draft, with Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree or Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin the most highly regarded prospects.
Holt’s potential arrival might not alter that plan, but it also could jump-start speculation that the Jaguars instead will target a quarterback, linebacker, defensive back or a defensive lineman in the first round of the draft.
– Steve Wyche