The Jacksonville Jaguars need to give their tight end room a boost.
The Jacksonville Jaguars ranked near the bottom of most offensive categories in 2020. Their inconsistent quarterback play was the main reason behind it, but a lack of production from their tight end room also played a role in the team’s inability to move the ball downfield and score points.
The Jaguars’ offense scored 25 receiving touchdowns and their tight ends were responsible for two of them. The team’s top two tight ends, Tyler Eifert and James O’Shaughnessy combined for 64 receptions for 601 yards. If this Jacksonville team wants to start putting points on the scoreboard, they will need to get better production from their tight ends.
The ‘Jags’ gave Eifert a two-year $9.5 million contract in the offseason. While it’s a cap-friendly deal, the team could release him and save $5 million with a $1.125 million dead cap hit. Jacksonville isn’t in need of cap space but paying tight end’s production in 2020 doesn’t justify paying him the $6.5 million he is set to earn this upcoming season.
On the other hand, O’Shaughnessy will become a free agent, but the Jaguars could bring him back on an affordable contract. Last season, he had a $910,000 base salary and the team could offer him a similar deal. Regardless of who stays, Jacksonville must upgrade their tight end room, and these four players will be the best available options this offseason.