4 Jaguars that must be re-signed in the 2022 offseason

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Adam Gotsis (96) at TIAA Bank Field. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] /

No. 2 Jaguars player that must be re-signed in 2022 – Adam Gotsis, DT.

Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis signed a one-year deal with the Jaguars in 2020. He appeared in all 16 games and made four starts and returned to Duval last offseason. In retrospect, the team’s brass got it right and it’s a good thing they decided to bring back the 2016 second-round pick.

Even though Gotsis played just 43 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this past season, he logged three sacks, 11 pressures, and six tackles for a loss. While those numbers aren’t eye-popping, they’re better than the ones he logged in 2020. Moreover, the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket made several key plays throughout the year.

Back in Week 16, he blocked an extra point attempt against the New York Jets in Week 16. In the season finale, he stopped Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor on fourth-and-2, which got the Jaguars’ the ball back in the first quarter. Later in the game, he made another stop on three-and-1 that forced Indy to go for it on the next down. While the Colts ultimately converted, the defensive tackle showed the kind of impact he had on the field when he’s playing at a high level.

Gotsis became a key cog in the Jaguars’ defensive line rotation in 2021. He and fellow defensive tackle Taven Bryan are slated to become free agents but if the Jaguars need (or want) to keep one of them, it should be Gotsis.