Jacksonville Jaguars would be smart to extend these 3 players’ contracts

HC Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
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A.J. Cann #60 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Jacksonville Jaguars player that could be extended No. 1 – A.J. Cann

The Jaguars made upgrades to most position groups this offseason but it came to the offensive line, they believed the best course of action was to bring back all their starters from 2020. This isn’t necessarily a bad idea. After all, they — nor anyone for that matter — can’t revamp a whole roster in just one season.

Now that the Jags have addressed other units, they can turn their attention to the offensive line. In fact, don’t be surprised if they prioritize giving it a boost next offseason. Left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell, and right guard A.J. Cann are set to become free agents in 2022 and Jawaan Taylor hasn’t yet proven he’s the long-term answer at right tackle. Also, center Brandon Linder will be entering a contract year in 2022, so Jacksonville could allocate resources to bolstering the group.

Giving Cann a two or three-year contract extension would be a smart move and it wouldn’t be expensive. His cap hit for 2021 is $6.27 million, the front office could offer him a contract that averages that amount yearly.

A third-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, Cann has played his whole career in Jacksonville, appearing in 91 games with 90 starts. Last season, he posted a Pro Football Focus grade of 69.0 and allowed a career-low 21 pressures. Furthermore, he was recently named their most underrated player. Keeping the South Carolina product for a couple more seasons would give the Jags the flexibility to turn their attention to both offensive tackle spots.