It was refreshing to see the Jacksonville Jaguars be aggressive in this year’s free agency period. Last offseason, they looked more interested in hoarding cap space and draft picks. Their biggest additions were linebacker Joe Schobert and tight end Tyler Eifert. While the former turned out to be a solid acquisition, the latter is no longer with the team.
This year, the Jaguars changed their strategy and signed some depth players and a few playmakers in free agency. Moreover, they still some cap space left even after signing rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Although they can earmark that money for next year, they can also ink one or two players before free agency. In particular, Jacksonville should pay close attention to other team’s rosters.
Clubs can only carry 53 players on the roster once the regular season starts. That means that they will be forced to release a few different players for several reasons, including wanting to get younger and saving a few bucks. Patrik Walker of CBS Sports recently put together a list of veterans that could be on the chopping block. He mentions tight end Tim Tebow as a player the Jaguars could release in the summer but he also throws some interesting names around.
Now, keep in mind that the Jags are loaded at certain positional groups, so it wouldn’t make much sense to pursue someone like wide Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Hant or Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell if they get cut. On the other hand, these three veterans might be worth a flyer if they become available before the regular season.