The Jacksonville Jaguars have to make decisions on how to improve their team, and that includes deciding on which players to select in the 2021 NFL Draft, which free agents to pursue in the open market, and which pending free agents they will re-sign.
With a new head coach in Urban Meyer and general manager in Trent Baalke, anything is possible. The Jaguars have 14 unrestricted free agents and are projected to have $73 million in cap space, which should help retain whoever they want. Which three should they re-sign?
These are the bottom seven Jacksonville Jaguars’ free agents.
Wide receiver Chris Conley will turn 29 in 2020. The Jaguars brought him in to play a big role in 2019, but he has just been average during his two-year tenure with the team. He has not performed up to the level the Jaguars need or expected. With Keelan Cole and the young receivers on the team, the Jaguars won’t miss Conley.
Mike Glennon has bounced around the league and the Jaguars signed him because they believed they needed a veteran in their quarterback room. He started three games in 2020 but did not play well in any of them. It’s difficult to envision a scenario in which he will be re-signed.
Cornerback D. J. Hayden is a perennial backup that really doesn’t have much in the way of statistics. Also, his age and injury history don’t help his cause. The ‘Jags’ shouldn’t try to re-sign him and should seek other options through free agency and the draft.
Defensive end Aaron Lynch will be 28 in March. He retired last offseason but was reinstated back in October. The seven-year pro has pedestrian numbers for his career, and Jacksonville will probably let him leave and look elsewhere for a replacement.
Cornerback Greg Mabin started four games in 2020 due to the high volume of injuries the secondary sustained. The Jaguars were Mabin’s sixth team in four years in the league and the team may be better off looking elsewhere for help.
Tight end James O’Shaughnessy has averaged less than one reception per game for his career and is better suited for a complementary role. The Jaguars need to give their tight end room and upgrade and move on from O’Shaughnessy.
Defensive tackle Caraun Reid is a career backup who keeps getting released/waived at every stop. He played in just 13 percent of the Jaguars’ total snaps on defense in 2020 and didn’t bring much value to their front four.
It doesn’t make sense for the Jacksonville Jaguars to keep most of them.
The title of this post is “Three Free Agents the Jags Should Let Go”, but it’s difficult to envision any scenario where the Jaguars keep any of them. They should all go. However, here are the three that absolutely should not be re-signed: Mike Glennon, Chris Conley, and Caruan Reid.
The Jaguars went 1-15 in 2020 and their lack of talent played a big role in their record. It doesn’t make much sense to keep many of their own free agents knowing they didn’t contribute much last season. Instead, the team should be active in free agency and sign players that can contribute right out of the gate.