Will younger talent on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster take a greater step forward in 2020?
Regardless of the depth of veterans on the Jaguars roster in 2019, the team from top to bottom was one of the youngest in the NFL. It may get younger as the organization swiftly approach free agency and the NFL Draft.
If the salary cap dictates the team’s moves this offseason, then players like Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye, Marcell Dareus, Marqise Lee and others could all be asked to restructure their contracts or face being released. Some of these players – Campbell and Boyue – made an impact on the field. In Dareus’ case, his impact was felt as he spent the majority of the season on the injured reserve list.
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Campbell said at the Pro Bowl last week that his production is reason enough for the team to play him the $15 million he is owed in 2020. But in order to keep pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue, he may be asked to move some money around. This might become more of a stalemate than trying to ink Ngakoue to a contract extension.
The Jaguars have plenty of roster needs and would like to spend some amount of money this offseason in free agency, but everything hinges on what happens to veterans. This also means younger players must step forward and have a better season than they did in 2019.
These three players must show they can take another step forward in 2020 if the team wants to improve its 6-10 record from 2019.