Why the Jaguars are an attractive destination for free agents

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer (middle) and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer (middle) and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2020 season 1-15 and lost 14 straight games. Had they kept the coaching staff intact, this would not be an attractive destination for potential free agents. But the Jaguars ultimately decided to clean house and now they have an exciting future ahead of them. There are plenty of reasons that Jacksonville has become an attractive destination for free agents this offseason, one including which is Urban Meyer.

Jaguars can count on Urban Meyer

An Urban Meyer-led NFL team should be something everyone wants to be a part of. Of course, not all coaches transition well from college football to the NFL but the Urban Meyer experience is one I wouldn’t want to miss. He’s a proven leader, team-builder, and adapter and one of the most successful college football coaches of all-time.

It’s Meyers’ team-building ability that should have fans elated about the future for this franchise. Meyer knows how to hand-select his supporting cast and has already put together a strong staff on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Meyer knew he was coming into a situation where the Jaguars’ offense and defense both needed serious redesign and that’s why he hired Darrell Bevell and Joe Cullen as the coordinators, respectively.

Aside from the new regime in Jacksonville, it’s also all of the capital that they have that should be appealing to free agents. The Jaguars have a ton of cap space and an abundance of draft picks to use to build up their roster. Any free agents the Jaguars sign will likely be paid very comfortably. They can build through the draft and supplement the roster by adding some veteran presence during the free agency period.

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Jacksonville is a place to grow

While the standard of losing is drastically different in college football than it is in the NFL, it shouldn’t all be about the statistical results that we are counting on Meyer bringing. It’s also about how he is going to mentor players along the way. We already know he’s a good motivator and knows how to push the best out of his players, even if it can be harsh. Jacksonville would be a good destination for those looking to revitalize their careers, as Urban Meyer looks to do the same.