Urban Meyer and Trent Baalke will be overseeing personnel matters in Jacksonville going forward. The staff that will help this duo oversee a Jaguars rebuild is beginning to take shape.
The Jaguars added Trip MacCracken, Michael Davis and Drew Hughes to their front office this week. Two members in this trio will move to Jacksonville after extensive time in Kansas City during the Chiefs’ Andy Reid era, while Hughes will come up from the college ranks. These staffers will also join longtime NFL exec Tom Gamble in Jacksonville’s front office.
MacCracken, who will serve as the Jaguars’ director of roster management, was with the Chiefs from 2010-17. The Scott Pioli-era hire stayed on for several years under Reid. Prior to that, MacCracken served as a Browns exec from the franchise’s 1999 rebirth until 2009. MacCracken figures to be a key cog in the Jags’ cap department. The team parted ways with previous cap exec John Idzik last month.
Tabbed as a senior personnel executive in Jacksonville, Davis joined MacCracken in Kansas City for a time. Davis, however, stayed on during the Chiefs’ two Super Bowl years. He was with the team for the past five years, working mainly in the Chiefs’ scouting department. Davis spent 16 years with the Jets’ scouting department and was with the Eagles for a short time ahead of his Kansas City move.
Hughes will return to north Florida, as the Jags’ player personnel coordinator, after a one-year stay as director of player personnel at South Carolina. He held the same position with the Gators, though he did so after Meyer had left for Ohio State.
The Jaguars are currently the only team to have more than $70MM in cap space. This and the rebuilding franchise’s two first-round picks will make 2021 a pivotal year.