Jaguars Free Agency 2019: Cheaper alternatives at QB
By David Levin
Will the Jacksonville Jaguars find an alternative to Nick Foles in free agency that proves to be more cap-friendly for a team in need of a change?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the odds on favorite to sign veteran free agent quarterback Nick Foles. While the former Eagles star is the best of the bunch of quarterbacks available, will his price tag prove the Jaguars should look at other cheaper options at the position?
After listening to Jaguars general manager David Caldwell on Wednesday during his press conference in Indianapolis, I cannot get what he said out of my mind. The fact that he believes the Jaguars are can be aggressive in free agency and during the NFL Draft gives me hope that this organization is only a step or two away from becoming a contender again.
It also makes me wonder if this team is going all in when it comes to trying to sign free-agent quarterback Foles. What kind of price tag will the former Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller command? Will Jacksonville, a team that has both hit and missed it free agency in the Caldwell era, be able to sign such a pricey quarterback and add pieces to a stagnant offense?
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The franchise appears to be optimistic about this. But there is another side I think the team may want to explore. The one that might not be as costly but could yield the same immediate results. What if the Jaguars traveled in a different direction?
Is I see it, there are five viable options other than Foles. While NFL free agency does not begin until March 13 and some players have not been released yet, I believe they will be available. We all know about Teddy Bridgewater and Tyrod Taylor, who has been linked to Jacksonville long before the end of the 2018 season. But now, there could be interest in both Case Keenum and Ryan Tannehill if Denver and Miami released both players.
Keenum is interesting because he came to the Broncos after being in Minnesota just one season ago. He took the Vikings to the playoffs and a near miss of Super Bowl 52. With the team trading for Joe Flacco, will he be released or traded?
Tannehill could be released by the Dolphins. He could be a possible bridge quarterback for the franchise. The former first-round draft pick still has some upside, I believe. But, he should also be the last option if the Jaguars cannot sign these other quarterbacks.
There are plenty of options for the Jaguars in an offseason where finding a new quarterback is not a premium for most teams. I’m curious how the team comes up with a solution to finding their next signal caller without breaking the bank.