Jaguars free agency target No. 2: Tight end Mark Andrews
Most of the moves the Jaguars made this offseason have been good. However, there are a few things they could have done differently. In particular, the tight end room didn’t get as much attention as other positional groups. The team’s brass signed Chris Manhertz and re-signed veteran James O’Shaugnessy but neither is a solid receiving option.
The Jags also drafted Luke Farrell in this year’s selection meeting and signed Tim Tebow not long after. Both players could end up with a role in 2021 but they are far from being a number-one tight end. Someone could eventually stand out but the truth is that Jacksonville’s current tight end group could use an upgrade. They could trade for Zach Ertz or Hayden Hurst but if they want until next offseason, they should then court Mark Andrews.
The 2018 third-round pick has quietly become one of the best tight ends in the NFL. He may not be in Travis Kelce’s or Darren Waller’s level right now but he could get there. Over the last two seasons, he has hauled in 122 yards for 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns. That’s the kind of production you want from the position.
Andrews says he wants to play the rest of his football career with the Baltimore Ravens but it could come down to the kind of contract he’s offered to stay. If he hits the open market, he will be a hot commodity, one the Jaguars should be able to afford.