The Jacksonville Jaguars have been relatively aggressive in free agency thanks to an enormous amount of cap room and pressing needs at almost every position on the roster. David Caldwell has opened up the wallet, but he’s been fairly smart about it and hasn’t handed out any contracts that could handcuff the Jaguars in years to come. My grades for the first set of signings are here and here.
The Jaguars still have an enviable amount of cap space available to them, and while it seems that they will stand pat and finish shoring up the roster through the draft, Caldwell could still pick up a few more players at good rates late in free agency. Here are some of the players left who could be of interest to the Jaguars:
Sidney Rice (WR) and Kenny Britt (WR) are two guys who are still looking for teams almost a week into the free agency period thanks to a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness over the last couple of seasons. The Jaguars need help at receiver since they really can’t count on Justin Blackmon, and both these players have some upside. Rice and Britt are both bigger than any receiver currently on the roster, and their price tag should be fairly low given the lack of aggressiveness by other teams to offer them contracts. They’re both longshots, but they make sense as targets in the waning days of free agency.
Rich Ohrnberger (C) played very well for the San Diego Chargers last year and is only 28 years old. The Jaguars have a gaping hole at center following Brad Meester’s retirement, and signing a guy like Ohrnberger would fill that need while still keeping the option of drafting a center on the table. Caldwell has done well so far in free agency not cornering the team into a spot where they don’t want to invest a draft pick at a position, and signing Ohrnberger would continue that trend.
Major Wright (S) has been unspectacular but solid for the Chicago Bears over the last few season, but at only 26 years old he presents a lot of value as a backup safety and special teams contributor. He’s a big hitter with pretty good range and should come at a pretty cheap price given the action on the market for safeties. Wright should have no problem beating out a guy like Chris Prosinski for a roster spot.
I don’t think the Jaguars will make any more noteworthy signings before the draft, but Caldwell could just be waiting for the market to settle to get some guys at bargain deals.
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