Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 remaining free agents to consider after 2021’s draft

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The Jacksonville Jaguars can still upgrade their pass rush.

Martin Fenn of Bleacher Report believes Jacksonville is the best landing spot for former Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram. However, the 2012 first-round pick isn’t the only EDGE defender still available after the draft. If the Jaguars are interested in adding someone else to their defensive front, Justin Houston would be a solid option.

A third-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011, Houston spent the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and logged 19 sacks, 69 total tackles, 21 total tackles for a loss, and three forced fumbles. Although he isn’t the player he was when he amassed 22 sacks and was named First-Team All-Pro in 2014, he still has some juice left.

Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson will likely be the Jaguars’ primary pass rushers in 2021. Also, Adam Gotsis, Dawuane Smoot, Jihad Ward, and rookie Jordan Smith will be part of the defensive line rotation, so at first sight, it looks like there’s no room for Houston. Nevertheless, the four-time Pro Bowl nod can still be an effective pass rusher.

Houston wouldn’t have to be Jacksonville’s primary pass rusher. Instead, he would be part of the defensive line rotation. Also, the Jags plan to experiment with 4-3 and 3-4 looks, and the veteran has experience playing both, so he would be a solid depth addition. The Colts showed they moved on from Houston when they drafted Kwity Paye in 2021’s draft. It’s time for him to do the same and join a new team. There’s no better place to do it than Jacksonville?