According to Mike Garafolo, the Jaguars and Chad Henne have come to an agreement on two more years for the team.
Chad Henne agrees to a two-year deal to stay with the Jaguars, source tells @FOXSports1— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 7, 2014
Henne started last season as the backup quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. An injury to starter, Blaine Gabbert allowed Henne to come in and take the position away. The signing by Jacksonville could have ripples in the QB market that will affect the Bengals.
The Jaguars hold the number 3 pick in the draft. Many thought they were going to lock into one of the available quarterbacks with that selection. Now, by signing Henne, the Jags have two quarterbacks on the roster with experience. Gabbert is not going anywhere. His salary for the final year in his deal is a 3.8 million and all guaranteed. Cutting him does nothing for the Jaguars so he is probably staying put.
Henne was an option for another NFL team that may have wanted a serviceable backup behind their starter. Now, taking him out of the mix, the Jaguars have thinned the "serviceable veteran" QB market in free agency. Which means teams may shift focus to the draft.
In the draft the Jags may look elsewhere with their first round pick. This would allow another team to snag a QB that may have been earmarked at number 3. Basically a shift at the top of the draft could have ripples that affect the entire first day. Does a guy like Derek Carr (who some tag for the Jags) fall late into the round? Would the Bengals jump on a QB in the first round if the right guy fell?
I think this signing tips the Jags hand to wanting a guy like Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina. Or, this could be a safety net for the Jags as they hope to draft their QB of the future. They now have a few more options with the 3rd overall pick and for them, that is a good thing.