Jacksonville Jaguars will regret not signing these 4 free agents

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The Jacksonville Jaguars could’ve gotten a quarterback mentor.

A not-so-old adage says that quarterback is the most important position on the football field and backup quarterback is the most important one. At this point, it’s clear the Jaguars intend to take Trevor Lawrence with the top pick in 2021’s draft but it’s uncertain who his main backup will be.

Gardner Minshew II could be the backup by default but C.J. Beathard, whom the team recently signed, might get a shot at the job. Both of them have starting experience but the Jaguars won’t likely feel comfortable playing for an extended period of time if Lawrence needs to miss time with injuries. Enter Ryan Fitzpatrick.

A 2005 seventh-round pick, Fitzpatrick has played for almost NFL teams over his 16-year career. Even though he isn’t an upper-echelon quarterback, he showed last season he can still win games. The Miami Dolphins expected Tua Tagovailoa, the fifth overall draft pick in 2020, to become their franchise quarterback and while that may happen down the road, Fitzmagic was the better option last year.

Now, signing Fitzpatrick wouldn’t have been cheap, as he signed a $10 million dollar to join the Washinton Football Team. At first, paying a backup quarterback that amount of money may seem excessive but the veteran would’ve been worth it.

Of course, you always want to see your backup quarterback holding the clipboard because if he isn’t, the starter is either injured or not playing well but if he needs to take the field, you want to see him win, something Fitzpatrick has proven he can do.