The Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster doesn’t currently have much talent and they need to upgrade it this offseason. However, they should be picky when it comes to what kind of players they want to add this offseason. For that reason, they should avoid a couple of wide receivers who were on the Philadelphia Eagles roster in 2020.
The Eagles announced Friday they have moved on from DeSean Jackson and it could be just a matter of time before they also part ways with Alshon Jeffery. They are currently $43 million over the cap and are looking for any cap relief they can get. Jackson’s release has freed $4.8 million in cap room and Jeffery will give them an additional $2.8 million if they use the Post-June 1 cut designation.
“D-Jax” was one of the most electrifying wide receivers in the NFL when he was in his prime. Nevertheless, he’ 34 and appeared in just eight games in the last two seasons. Even if he still has some of this top-end speed, he would come with injury risk.
On the other hand, Jeffery was a key cog in the Eagles’ 2017 playoff run and helped them win their first Super Bowl in team history, hauling in three receptions and one jaw-dropping touchdown on football’s biggest stage. However, his production has progressively decreased over the last three seasons and had a career-low six receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown in 2020.
The Jacksonville Jaguars should stay away from both Jackson and Jeffery.
The Jaguars should be interested in arranging a reunion with defensive tackle Malik Jackson, who was also released by the Eagles. However, the 2017 Pro Bowl nod could still be a valuable complementary player while both Jackson and Jeffery haven’t been able to contribute these past two seasons. The ‘Jags’ would have to offer them the veteran minimum and even that may be a stretch, as they would take one roster spot the team could offer to a younger player.
The Jaguars will have options this offseason, some better than other ones, but although they should explore most possibilities, there’s not much Jackson and Jeffery can offer at this point of their respective careers. Nobody will deny the impact they previously had in the NFL, but those days are gone and Jacksonville should celebrate their past accomplishments rather than try to recreate them.