Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

24 May 2010

Jaguars Acquire Justin Smiley

The Jaguars have acquired guard Justin Smiley from the Dolphins, with compensation as yet unknown.

Smiley started 12 games for the league's best run-blocking line a year ago.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 24 May 2010

7 comments, Last at 26 May 2010, 5:56am by Lebo


by Drunkmonkey :: Mon, 05/24/2010 - 3:53pm

I know that there have been "rumblings" about Smiley's shoulder being shot, so passing the physical isn't a given, but if the deal has already been announced, you gotta figure the Jaguars would pass him through, right?

Another thought: can teams actually tie compensation to physicals? Like the Jags sending a 6th to the Dolphins if he completely passes with flying colors, or a 7th if he has a few inhibitions or something? Just wondering...

by Vincent Verhei :: Mon, 05/24/2010 - 4:05pm

As the story says, if Smiley fails a physical, the deal is off. Same for any traded player.

by tuluse :: Mon, 05/24/2010 - 4:25pm

I'm guessing they negotiate the compensation based on expecting a player to be in a certain condition, the physical is just to make sure he is that good, not some standard level of health.

Like test driving a car, you just want to make sure there are no nasty surprises the previous owner failed to mention.

by Dean :: Mon, 05/24/2010 - 4:35pm

It's written into the CBA - a failed physical automatically negates any deal.

by Noah Arkadia :: Mon, 05/24/2010 - 7:15pm

I take it the decision on whether a player passes his physical or not is completely up to the team applying it...

by Dean :: Tue, 05/25/2010 - 11:54am

To the best of my knowledge, yes.

by Lebo :: Wed, 05/26/2010 - 5:56am

For a conditional seventh rounder? That seems pretty good from the Jag's point of view.