The Jacksonville Jaguars need to upgrade their defense this offseason and head coach Urban Mayer is aware the team will need to revamp the unit if they want to stop opposing offenses from scoring at ease in 2021, something they struggled to do last season.
Meyer said in a recent sit-down with the local media that the Jaguars are going to build the team around the defensive line and then move backwards. Last season, their front four registered a paltry 12.5 sacks and was a liability against the run, giving up an average of 181 yards in the last seven games of the season.
There are already a few solid pieces on the roster to build around. Defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton displayed flashes of talent before a knee injury ended his rookie season. Also, defensive end Josh Allen should return to Pro Bowl shape after missing time with injuries last season. However, the duo won’t be enough to turn things around.
Although Meyer praised both Allen and Hamilton during the conference, he said the team’s brass will solidify the defensive front and revamp a few spots in the secondary, which they will be able to do in free agency. After applying the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson, the Jaguars will have around $67.5 million in cap space available this offseason.
That’s more than enough to make a few splash signings in the open market, and if the Jaguars want to sign a defensive tackle in free agency, here are their best three options.