The Jacksonville Jaguars also need to round out their linebacker corps.
The Jaguars’ brass will rightly prioritize upgrading the defensive front and the secondary, but that doesn’t mean that they should neglect their linebacker corps. The fact they have a couple of studs in Myles Jack and Joe Schobert shouldn’t deter Jacksonville from adding talent to the unit this offseason.
The Tampa Buccaneers signed Lavonte David to a two-year $25 contract extension. However, even with the 2015 Pro Bowl nod off the market, there will be plenty of linebacker options in free agency. Damien Wilson, who is set to hit the open market after spending the last two years with the Kansas City Chiefs, should garner some attention.
During his two-year stint in Kansas City, Wilson started 29 of 32 possible games and logged 154 total tackles (six for a loss), 1.5 sacks, two passes defensed, and two fumbles. Even though the Chiefs lost Super Bowl 55, the linebacker led the team with ten total tackles and made a key goal-line stand that earned him the NFL Way to Play Award.
A fourth-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015’s draft, Wilson has starting experience and the Jaguars wouldn’t have to break the bank to sign him. There may be other linebackers with better name recognition in free agency but Wilson can get the job done.