Thomas gives Jags freedom at No. 8

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" align="right"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" bgcolor="#c0c0c0"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><img src="http://a.espncdn.com/i/headshots/nfl/players/65/1447.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" width="65" height="90" align="left" /></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <font face="Arial" size="1" style="line-height: 1.5em">&nbsp;&nbsp;<font color="#808080">Thomas</font> </font></td> </tr> </table> </p> <p>What does <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1447" target="_new">Tra Thomas</a> have left? The <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac" target="_new">Jacksonville Jaguars</a> think about three years. They've signed him as their <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3963930" target="_blank">new left tackle</a>. He'll replace <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8466" target="_new">Khalif Barnes</a>, a free agent the team has not attempted to re-sign.</p> <p>I'm a bit surprised, because the Jaguars sent out signals after they were connected to Thomas that their contact with him was very informal. It turns out they were very interested.</p> <p>The positive spin on this is that the Jaguars now have great freedom with the No. 8 pick in the draft. Before they nabbed Thomas, they were expected to draft a left tackle at that spot.</p> <p>Now, they could go in several different directions: defensive tackle (will B.J. Raji be there?), wide receiver (Jeremy Maclin?), still go with an offensive lineman or look purely at the best available player.</p> <p>I presume the Jaguars think Thomas, a three-time Pro Bowler -- will be a good locker room guy, and this move amounts to a homecoming for him. Thomas was a two-way tackle at DeLand High School, which is a bit over 100 miles south of Jacksonville.</p>

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