Even with all their big free agent signings during the early part of March, the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t appear to be done bringing in players to fill up the roster. With serious questions surrounding the offensive line, I expected the Jaguars to target at least one interior lineman for depth and competition. They didn’t make it a priority early on in free agency, but they are doing their due diligence now that the dust has settled. Former Oakland Raiders center Stefan Wisniewski came in for a visit on Wednesday.
Wisniewski is a player I thought the Jaguars would bring in earlier given his connection with Greg Olson, and his versatility to play all 3 positions along the interior offensive line. The Jaguars have players committed at center and the two guard spots, but it wouldn’t be insane to expect Wisniewski to come in and push for a starting spot.
The lack of activity surrounding Wisniewski is a little bit curious, given his average to above-average level of play since coming in to the league. As O’Halloran notes above, Wisniewski played injured for most of last year, which led to his worst year as a pro (-2.5 overall PFF grade, 22nd ranked center). Before 2014, Wisniewski finished 11th in 2013 (+11.4 overall PFF grade) and 17th in 2012 (+8.1 overall PFF grade) among all centers. He played guard most of his rookie season, and he really hasn’t been a liability for the Raiders since coming into the league in 2011. Wisniewski makes a ton of sense as a late free agency period signing given the Jaguars need for veterans on the offensive side of the ball. Luke Bowanko appears to be the starter at center. but Wisniewski is the perfect example of veteran depth who can come in and start in a pinch.
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