Will the Jaguars use free agency to solve the biggest problem facing this team in 2019 – the need to find a new starting quarterback?
Despite the comments made by Jaguars general manager David Caldwell about Blake Bortles being in the mix of quarterbacks being evaluated by the team, the organization will most likely move forward in 2019.
While I am intrigued, just like many Jacksonville Jaguars fans about the potential of quarterback Nick Foles shooting up in black and teal this coming season, I am also cautioned because it is just that – potential.
After listening to both head coach Doug Marrone and general manager Caldwell on Wednesday from Indianapolis, I’m convinced there will be changes made at the teams most important position. But I also know that there is still a possibility that Bortles suits up for this organization this year.
There are still plenty of variables left to be played out this off-season as the team and 31 other franchises head toward free agency. The Jaguars, who desperately need more stability from their signal caller, aren’t the only ones who will be part of the Foles sweepstakes.
In reality, Jacksonville would appear to be the most logical choice for the soon-to-be former Eagles quarterback, but Miami, Washington, and other teams may make a run at him. Given that he is now a free agent, does the market change and the price tag rise for his services? Caldwell told the media on Wednesday the front office can be aggressive in both free agency and the NFL Draft, but where is the line drawn as to what is “too aggressive?”
Caldwell said there need to be changes to the roster, which might include a new starting quarterback in 2019.
"“It needs a little bit of retooling and it needs a little bit of reshuffling and an influx of some talent – whether it’s draft picks or free agents. Then, we can hit the ground running come September next year,” he said."
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Foles may be the best option in free agency, but we need to remember he is not the only one. Because of this “aggressive” ability, the team has that Caldwell spoke about, is there a name out there we don’t know about? I would have thought it might be Eli Manning before it was announced he will return to the Giants this season.
The Jaguars are in a situation where they must win now. The front office is on a short leash. They may opt to grab a veteran and take their chances on the future signal caller in the 202 Draft when the depth at the position is better. As we have heard on local sports talk radio in recent weeks, passing on someone like Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray may have implications down the road.
It’s a Catch-22 at its finest.
The Jaguars still have two weeks to make decisions about its future at the most critical and polarizing position on the field. They should already have a gameplan. We aren’t privy to it, as we shouldn’t be. We can only hope the right decision means a step toward the playoffs once again.
We can all hope for Foles as the next Jaguars quarterback. Whether that becomes a reality depends on if the variables surrounding that decision can be solved so this team succeeds, not taking another step back next season.