The Jacksonville Jaguars are about to face to most crucial free agency period they have arguably ever faced in the history of their franchise. They’ve been through a similar rebuilding process before but the implications riding from this years has far greater consequences. The Jaguars are sitting on new general management, an entirely new coaching staff, the number one overall draft pick, and they have serious cap flexibility.
Jaguars must answer these questions in free agency:
How will they address the offensive line?
The interior offensive line isn’t as pivotal of a need as an offensive tackle is for the team. Left tackle Cam Robinson is set to be a free agent when March 17th hits and his status with Jacksonville is still up in the air. He’s been a solid baseline performer for them but will likely be seeking more money than he’s worth. Robinson is worth letting test the market if the Jaguars think they have a shot at getting Trent Williams in free agency or drafting a solid tackle with the 25th overall pick.
How will they address the defensive line?
The Jaguars’ defense will likely experience the most drastic makeover compared to the offensive side of the ball this offseason. The team will be moving from a cover 3 base 4-3 defensive scheme to a multiple 3-4 scheme that will allow the defense to change their looks and use sub-packages in the secondary.
The defensive line is the weak spot of this defense. They need powerful pass rushers on the edge and run stuffers on the inside. They already have a few contributors on the roster but need to add some key veteran firepower through free agency. Some defensive ends they could invest in are Leonard Williams, Yannick Ngakoue, and Ryan Kerrigan. Available defensive tackles are Daquan Jones, Larry Ogunjobi, and Jurrell Casey.
Will they bring in a veteran quarterback to help mentor Trevor Lawrence?
All signs continue to point to the Jaguars drafting quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the draft. But Lawrence isn’t going to succeed in the NFL if he doesn’t have a good system supporting him. Thankfully Jacksonville has got the jump there in hiring head coach Urban Meyer, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. But the Jaguars could make one more move here and sign a veteran quarterback in free agency to help mentor Lawrence. Signing someone like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith (expected to be released), or Andy Dalton could go a long way for Lawrence’s development.