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Danno 04-09-2004 07:46 AM

Pete Prisco on the Craft Deal
The move by the Saints to get corner Jason Craft from the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick is good for both teams. The Saints, depending on when they pick a corner in the upcoming draft, will give him a chance to start, and the Jaguars wanted him out of their locker room. Craft is a good kid, but his attitude last year following his benching didn't endear him to the coaching staff. The Saints tried to get Craft a couple of years ago when they signed him to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent, but the Jaguars matched. That was under Coughlin, but the new regime wants bigger corners and has signed three in the offseason, including Juran Bolden and DeWayne Washington. The two teams had been discussing this deal for a couple of weeks, but the Jaguars were asking for a fourth-round pick. When the price came down to a fifth, the Saints made the deal. Fred Thomas will start at one corner for the Saints, with Craft expected to battle veteran Ashley Ambrose and some others for the spot opposite him.

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