Jacksonville Jaguars will regret not signing these 4 free agents

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K.J. Wright would’ve solidified the Jacksonville Jaguars’ linebacker unit.

Technically, the Jaguars can still sign K.J. Wright, as he’s still a free agent. He was talking to the Dallas Cowboys but negotiations broke down when he requested a multi-year deal rather than a one-year commitment. On the other hand, the odds of this Jacksonville team pursuing him at this moment are slim to none, as they already added former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Damien Wilson.

If the Jags want to add a linebacker early in the draft, they could pursue Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah or Nick Bolton but Wright would’ve been a low-key good addition to a linebacker corps that already includes Myles Jack and Joe Schobert. It’s true that Wright is no longer the player he was in his prime, but he still played at a high level in 2020, appearing in 86 percent of the Seahawks’ total snaps on defense and amassed 86 total tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble.

Over his ten-year career, Wright appeared in 144 games, with 140 starts, and logged 941 total tackles, 13.5 sacks and 11 forced fumbles, and six interceptions. Also, he’s been healthy and has missed just 11 games, all of them in 2018, in the last seven years.

Wright would probably have had a reduced role with the Jaguars, something he might not have agreed to. Nevertheless, he would’ve immediately upgraded Jacksonville’s linebacker group. Last season, the unit was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bad defense. Wright would have made it even better.