The Jacksonville Jaguars could also draft a running back in the draft.
The Jaguars don’t currently have a general manager and Trent Baalke holds the job on an interim basis, but whoever ends up getting the full-time job will have to oversee a complete turnaround. While $77.61 million in cap space and 11 draft selections may sound like a lot at first sight, keep in mind it may barely enough and possible not enough for this Jacksonville team to address all their needs.
The ‘Jags’ will have to prioritize certain position groups over others in the offseason. While Melvin Gordon may come at an affordable rate, the team could allocate the money it would take to sign him to other positions. Keep in mind the organization has to re-sign their own players first and by the time they are done, that $77.61 million figure may be lower.
Also, as James Robinson proved this offesason, you can get a talented running back late or even after the draft. It’s not every day that a team can sign an impact undrafted free agent, but even the middle of the draft offers some appealing options without having to break the bank. As good as Gordon has been, he could be a luxury the Jaguars might be better off without.
In the end, it will be up to the next Jaguars’ front office to decide how they want to build their roster, but if they want to add a good backup running back via free agency, they should consider signing Gordon, who may be one of the best choices if the Broncos release him.