The Jaguars “acting” general manager looks at the team’s free agents
By Kathy Clark
The wannabe general manager looks at the Jaguars free agents for 2019. Who should be offered a new contract?
I learned that being a general manager is a difficult job. There are many facets to decisions that include finances, team needs, personalities, play in games, etc. Due to the financial issues the Jacksonville Jaguars face in 2019, the business side of the NFL takes a front seat in decision making.
An important step to create a winner is to look within. The Jaguars have unrestricted and restricted free agents. Despite the less than desirable level of play last season, the men currently on the roster know our system and the Jacksonville area. This is an advantage because they are ready to go with no adjustments needed.
FREE AGENTS DEFENSE – The Jaguars had a very good defense in 2018 and few additions are needed. Two free agents stand out above the rest. They are Jarrod Wilson, a safety, and Tyler Patmon, a cornerback. Both filled in when injuries occurred and did a better than average job.
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Both have good size. Wilson is 6’2’’ and 210 pounds and Patmon is 5’10’’ and 190 pounds. They add depth to the secondary. As of now, Wilson has agreed to a three-year deal with the team.
FREE AGENTS OFFENSE – Obviously the offense is the critical area of need. The Jaguars offense was anemic at best. The team has needs in all areas but most coaches, pundits, players, and fans agree that success starts at the line of scrimmage.
The Jaguars have three critical offensive linemen returning from Injured Reserve, Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, and Brandon Linder. There are many free agent linemen available. My picks are Tyler Shatley for his versatility, Josh Wells because he can play right tackle, and Ereck Flowers because he may have a high upside as the ninth pick in first round of the 2015 draft.
The injury bug hit the offensive line very hard in 2018. It is certain that the coaches, trainers, and medical staff will be on the lookout for new and better methods to keep this group healthy.
Tommy Bohanon is a solid and reasonably priced choice at fullback.
FREE AGENTS SPECIAL TEAMS – Josh Lambo did an excellent job as a kicker and should return. He is the Jaguars MVP in my opinion.
FREE AGENTS WISH LIST – If money were not a factor I would resign Corey Grant and T.J. Yeldon because as a run first team we need a large and solid group of running backs.
The lack of competent runners was a problem last season. If the Jaguars sign either Grant or Yeldon that would be a start to a solid group.
COMMENTARY – I am certain that everyone has a different opinion as to which free agents should be resigned. This is what I would do as GM. What would you do?