Despite his team winning three of its past four games to rebound from a 0-8 start, Jacksonville General Manager David Caldwell was questioned about whether his team would intentionally lose games over the final four weeks of the season in order to secure a better draft slot.
Jacksonville (3-9) is currently tied for the second-worst record in the NFL with Washington, Atlanta and Tampa Bay. Houston is 2-10. Houston and Jacksonville (and perhaps Tampa Bay) are expected to be in the market for one of the many quarterbacks likely to be available in the draft.
Still, Caldwell said he saw no value in losing to jockey for draft status.
“I don’t think that’s in anybody’s mindset that has ever stepped into an NFL franchise, and if it there is, they’re probably in the wrong industry,” Caldwell said in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio.
When Caldwell was in Atlanta as an executive, the Falcons were able to get quarterback Matt Ryan with the No. 3 overall pick in 2008. That same year, Baltimore selected quarterback Joe Flacco with the No. 18 pick. Likewise, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was the defensive coordinator in Seattle last year when the team found Russell Wilson in the third round.
“There is no guarantees (in the draft),” Caldwell said. “Shad Khan pays us on a daily basis to make this the best franchise that we can do and then in the draft he pays us to make good decisions wherever we’re picking and make the best of that situation. We’re focused on becoming a better team here and hopefully that translates into wins.”
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