4. Kevin Zeitler, pending Cincinnati Bengals free agent guard
Arguably the cream of the crop at guard, Kevin Zeitler is in his prime and ready to contribute for any team that wants to make an offer in 2017 free agency. Spotrac puts his worth at over $11 million per season for a reason.
In our free agency look at Zeilter, it was easy to draw a line for Tom Coughlin’s love of offensive linemen and Zeitler’s great preparation from the University of Wisconsin:
"Coughlin infatuation with quality offensive linemen may only be rivaled by the University of Wisconsin’s ability to produce them. Zeitler, a Wisconsin product, has been stellar in five seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, starting in every game he has been available (missing just eight) since they took him 27th overall in 2013."
It isn’t just Coughlin’s desire to have quality offensive line talent that makes Zeitler valuable, though. He also hasn’t missed a game since 2014 and continues to play at a high level despite the ebb and flow of the Bengals’ seasons as contenders and non-contenders in 2016. Pro Football Focus graded Zeitler as their seventh best guard in 2016.
To say that Zeitler would be a big get for the Jacksonville Jaguars would be an understatement. Assuming the Jags target him, he may be the top priority on the offensive line.