Jacksonville Jaguars: Weighing options at TE heading into free agency

Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth #87 (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
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Tight end Eric Saubert #85 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

After finishing 1-15 in 2020, the Jacksonville Jaguars have plenty of work to do if they want to turn things around. They made changes to their coaching staff and front office earlier in the offseason and their roster is next. Their offense and defense ranked near the bottom of most meaningful categories last season and both sides of the ball are in need of an infusion of talent.

While head coach Urban Meyer has talked about solidifying the defensive front and revamping the secondary, the Jaguars’ offense also needs significant upgrades. The most glaring need is quarterback but the team will most likely take Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Jags also placed the franchise tag on Cam Robinson, so it’s unlikely they will make an additional investment at left tackle this offseason. With left tackle and quarterback off the list, tight end is next. Jacksonville moved on from Tyler Eifert one year after signing a $9.5 million deal but even if he had stayed, the Jaguars’ tight end room would’ve had to undergo a makeover, as the unit had a combined 68 receptions for 637 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Meyer mentioned that the Jaguars need to rebuild their lackluster tight end room and although they may do it in free agency, they could also trade for a tight end or take one in the draft. Here are the three paths this Jacksonville team can take to bolster the tight end position.