Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 free agents to avoid
The NFL free agency period will be an important one for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they face a rebuild in 2021. They have a lot of moves to make and plenty of money to make anything happen. While there is a good amount of talent in this free agency class, there are three players who the Jaguars should avoid signing.
Even with a ton of cap space, Jaguars have to remain careful in free agency.
TE Hunter Henry
Hunter Henry has missed 25 games during his five-year career with the Los Angeles Chargers (formerly San Diego). He has over 2,000 receiving yards total and 21 touchdowns but hasn’t quite lived up to the hype surrounding him during the draft process and his rookie campaign.
Brad Gagnon at Bleacher Report predicts a four-year $44 million contract for Henry in free agency. While the Jaguars do have plenty of cap space available to make a multitude of moves in free agency, it would be smarter to target a tight end in the draft than invest in one that still has a lot to prove.
DE Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2019 for two players and a third-round draft pick. While he had seven tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits, and one interception, he put only three sacks. Clowney ultimately ended up signing a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans last free agency when Seattle wouldn’t pay him the kind of money he was looking for. He ended up only playing eight games in Tennessee and had zero sacks.
Clowney is still no doubt a good player, he’s just lost a bit of his rhythm. But he wouldn’t be a good investment for the Jaguars. They have plenty of edge rushers to continue to develop and should focus their funds on adding players to the interior defensive line. Besides, Clowney is recovering from a knee injury that forced him out of the second half of the season.
LB Leonard Floyd
Even though he put up 18.5 sacks while with the Chicago Bears, Leonard Floyd still struggled to find his ground as a former number nine overall draft pick. He’s always done well as a run defender but has struggled as a pass rusher. He had a really good 2020 with the Los Angeles Rams, putting up 10.5 sacks, 55 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 19 quarterback hits, but it’s risky to count on him putting up a performance like that again.