The free-agent market took a hit with Marcus Williams, Marcus Maye, and Justin Simmons getting slapped with the franchise tag. Nevertheless, if the Jacksonville Jaguars want to sign one in the open market, they will still have a few options with John Johnson III arguably being the best of the bunch, but would he be a fit with the Jags?
Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report recently wrote about bad free-agency fits and John Johnson and the Jaguars made the cut. He believes that the Boston College product won’t benefit from being around the kind of talent he had with the Los Angeles Rams in previous years. Moton points out that Johnson would go from playing with cornerback Jalen Ramsey to joining a secondary that lacks playmakers.
On the other fact, Moton highlights Johnson’s versatility to line up close to the box or drop back in coverage. Moreover, he brings up the safety’s production in the last three years as reasons why he could draw several suitors willing to offer him retail compensation in the open market.
Should the Jaguars really avoid John Johnson in free agency?
If the Jaguars think that Johnson’s addition would instantly transform their secondary into a top unit, they should definitely pass him up in free agency. On the other hand, if they play to add more playmakers besides the safety, they make a play on him. After all, they are projected to have around $67.5 in cap space and can afford his salary demands.
Keep in mind that the Jaguars’ secondary isn’t one player away from becoming a top-tier unit, they need another cornerback to play opposite of sophomore C.J. Henderson, someone to handle slot duties, and another safety to add depth.
Johnson would be the cherry on the top, but for him to be effective, the Jaguars would need to pump talent in their back seven and if they don’t want to do it, they then refrain from signing him, it’s just that they will miss out on one of the best safeties in this free-agency period.