Jaguars Free Agency 2019: Who does this team re-sign before March 13?
By David Levin
After NFL free agency is a little less than a month away, will the Jacksonville Jaguars attempt to re-sign any more players before they sign elsewhere?
Three weeks ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year contract extension to avoid free agency. While the deal did not seem like much, it may have more meaning than some realize. Wilson showed he could handle more playing time this season.
Given the more than $9 million that is owed Tashaun Gipson this coming season, the new deal for the 25-year-old undrafted free agent out of Michigan could be a message about the Gipson’s future.
The Jaguars signed Josh Lambo on Wednesday to a contract extension, securing one of the best players on the roster and further demonstrated how important the kicking game is to this offensive-starved ball club. After those two deals, there are still 19 players on the roster who may not be part of the team’s makeup after March 13.
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There are also a handful of veterans who remain on this roster for now, but because of their high cap figure, they will be asked to either restructure their deal or become a free agent. This time of year is a busy time for NFL players and front offices because there is always a surprise or two once the free agency period starts.
Here are three free agents the team may look to re-sign before they are able to negotiate with another NFL team in free agency.
Corey Grant – The undrafted running back in 2015 out of Auburn was expected to get more carries this past season and become a bigger part of the team’s running game. Then in Week 5, he suffered a Lisfranc injury that ended his season.
When given the chance, Corey Grant is a dynamic back who can catch the ball out of the backfield, run to daylight in the open field, returns kicks and aid on special teams. In a league where offensive diversity is important and players must be able to help in many areas during the game, Grant is one of those guys the Jaguars should try to re-sign.
Grant made $2,914,000 in 2018.
James O’Shaughnessy – The tight end could be the starter for this team in Week 1. James O’Shaughnessy dealt with injuries last season and was not the effective pass catcher I thought he would be.
Some of that was due to the lack of offensive firepower and a lack of passing game.
If new offensive coordinator John DiFilippo uses the tight ends effectively, something the team hasn’t done often, O’Shaughnessy could become a weapon on third down and possibly at the goal line. The Jaguars are also expected to sign a tight end in free agency or draft one in April.
He made over $600,000 last season which isn’t bad considering his lack of production.
Tyler Shatley – The Jaguars could lose as many as seven offensive linemen in free agency and another if the team cuts Jermey Parnell ($6 million cap hit). Someone must be re-signed. The team will look to add beef up front in free agency and the Draft.
I think Tyler Shatley gets a new deal based on his versatility. His ability to play inside at both guard spots and at center makes him a valuable commodity. He also made only $1.027 million last season. He could be a reasonably inexpensive re-sign if the Jaguars choose to do so.
The other option may be Ereck Flowers, who may be more suited to play on the right side or even Josh Wells, who played well before a groin injury sidelined during the season.