5 superstar free agents Jaguars must pursue in 2022

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Washington Football Team offensive guard Brandon Scherff (75) – Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports /

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have their work cut out next offseason. Firing Urban Meyer was an important step in the right direction but that’s only one of many items on their to-do list. Next, the Jags will need to hire his replacement and Trent Baalke, or whoever their general manager is in 2022, will need to fortify the roster in the offseason. Fortunately, they will have more than enough resources to add more than a few playmakers.

The Jaguars are trending towards clinching the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft after losing to the Houston Texans in Week 15. They will be in a position to select the best player available as they are also set to have $71 million in cap space, the third-highest amount in the NFL, according to Spotrac.

If the Jaguars use the top pick in Aidan Hutchinson or Kaivon Thibodeaux, they can then use their abundance of cap space in any of the following players.

Jaguars superstar free-agent target No. 1  in 2022 – Brandon Scherff, OG

The Jaguars’ offensive line could look very different in 2022, as left guard Andrew Norwell, right guard A.J. Cann, and left tackle Cam Robinson are slated to become free agents. While it makes sense to re-sign Norwell, the right guard position is in need of a boost. The team’s brass can let Cann walk in free agency and they can sign Brandon Scherff to take his place in the starting lineup.

A first-round selection in 2015, Scherff has spent his entire NFL career with the Washington Football Team. He’s played on the franchise tag the last two years but he’s unlikely to get the third one, as the price will skyrocket. The Iowa product is one of the best guards in the league and would immediately improve the Jaguars’ protection up front.

The only thing that has kept Scherff from being an elite guard is that he’s missed 20 games over the last four seasons, so the Jaguars would need to be ok knowing he might miss time if they sign him.