Jacksonville Jaguars will regret not signing these 4 free agents

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The Jacksonville Jaguars could’ve upgraded the left tackle position.

Orlando Brown Jr. wasn’t a free agent this offseason and is currently employed by the Baltimore Ravens. However, he made his wish to play left tackle public after playing on the right side the first two years of his NFL career. Keep in mind that this would only be possible if he were traded because Ronney Stanley is the Ravens’ starting left tackle.

Last season, Brown got a taste for the position after Stanley went down with an injury. He ended up playing well, which is why other teams inquired about his availability. In the end, a trade didn’t materialize. The Jaguars weren’t one of the squads that showed interest in him, but they should have.

The Jags placed the franchise tag on Cam Robinson and the team’s brass has spoken highly of the Auburn product. However, he has been inconsistent over the first four years of his NFL career and it’s unlikely he will suddenly become a top-end left tackle. He can definitely improve, but it’s uncertain how much. Meanwhile, Brown has a higher ceiling and has played better than Robinson.

The downside of trading for Brown is that the Jaguars would have had to give the Ravens one or even two draft picks in exchange for the left tackle. Also, they would have had to give him a top-market soon, which is something the team’s brass may not have wanted to do. Looking back, it may have been cheaper to tag Robinson, but Brown was the better option.

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