The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t want to lose left tackle Cam Robinson in free agency, so they decided to use the franchise tag on him. However, the Alabama product wasn’t the only player that slapped with the tag, and three safeties, Marcus Williams, Marcus Maye, and Justin Simmons were among the ten players that got the tag this offseason.
With the trio of Williams, Maye, and Simmons off the market, the number of safeties available in free agency has decreased considerably. Nevertheless, there will still be some interesting options in free agency, and if the Jags want to upgrade the safety position, they will be able to do it. After all, they are projected to have somewhere around $67.5 million after slapping Robinson with the franchise tag.
Even though the Jaguars may have more pressing needs on defense, they can’t neglect the safety position. Jarrod Wilson will probably start at one spot, but Jacksonville needs a playmaker to line up next to him. They tried different players last season but none of them look like the long-term solution, at least not now.
If the Jags want to sign a safety in the open market, these will be the best three available unless they re-sign with their current teams, which could happen between now and the beginning of free agency.