Free agency hasn't even technically begun yet but some big moves have already gone down in the NFL. Two of the biggest names in FA this year are headed to Jacksonville, Florida to be Jaguar cats.
"Defensive end Malik Jackson confirmed to ESPN's Josina Anderson on Tuesday that a report he is leaving the Denver Broncos to join the Jacksonville Jaguars is true and he has agreed to a deal with Jacksonville." ESPN
Two huge additions to Jacksonville. Let's not forget that we're talking about a Jaguars team that also has Julius Thomas, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, T.J. Yeldon, Blake Bortles, and a group of guys who stand in a variety of spots during what's supposed to be the defensive portions of games. Bortles had a pretty big year last year, regardless of if he has small hands or not, which he does. Moving forward, I guess it looks like things are kind of interesting in Jacksonville next year after these big additions. I mean, why not? Right? Might as well be. Also, to be fair, Jacksonville is in the AFC South, or as it's also called, the AFC's NFC East.
These free agency moves ask the question: why Jacksonville? The answer to which is partly: why not? I mean, I've personally never been to Jacksonville, but that doesn't mean I won't ever go. No, other stuff is why I won't ever go to Jacksonville. But being the objective person I am, I thought I'd check out what it is about The City on the Sea, which is not at all Jacksonville's nickname, that attracts these big name players who like money a whole lot. Guess what? I found out. Keep reading if you want to know. If you don't really want to know you can stop, that's fine. Anyway, a quick search shows why Jacksonville is in fact the Shining Star of the South, which it is factually not called.
Two reasons to "Jack Yourself Off," which is not at all what the Jacksonville Inter-travel Relations Association For Financing Economy, or J.I.R.A.F.F.E. for short, uses as a slogan to boost tourism. Also, J.I.R.A.F.F.E. is super not real.
1. Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States with over 840 square miles. Visit Jacksonville
2. Bestselling author John Grisham stays in Jacksonville frequently, usually in the Old Sea Turtle Inn in Jacksonville Beach (now renamed One Ocean Resort). The inn was featured in his novel The Brethren, along with Pete's Bar, a local establishment. About Jacksonville
Jacksonville is the place to be for football because it's geographically huge and John Grisham goes there. John Grisham always knows where the story is, therefore the story is in Jacksonville. Also, since it's a big city, the story of Jacksonville is consequentially a big story. If a big story isn't what football is all about, then football is all about nothing, because football is all about a big story, which is what football is all about.
There it is: Jacksonville, Florida, the place to be for NFL football.
Also, Jacksonville is known as The Bold New City of the South, so none of my guesses were that unrealistic or crazy, huh?