5 free agents the Jaguars could poach from AFC South rivals in 2022

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Tennessee Titans LB Jayon Brown (55). (Imagn Images photo pool) /

No. 3 AFC South free agent the Jaguars can sign – Jayon Brown, ILB.

It’s uncertain how much the Jaguars’ defense with change under Mike Caldwell. If he runs a system similar to the one his predecessor, Joe Cullen, employed last year, the unit will show plenty of 3-4 looks in 2022.

One of the players that thrive in Cullen’s scheme last season was linebacker Damien Wilson but he’s scheduled to become a free agent. The Jaguars’ brass should try to re-sign him. In fact, he should get a multi-year deal and if he can’t get it in Jacksonville, he could want to test the market. If the Jags and Wilson can’t strike a deal, they should then target Tennessee Titans linebacker Jayon Brown in free agency.

A fifth-round selection by the Titans in 2017, Brown has appeared in 66 games with 39 starts over the last five seasons. After playing 92 percent of Tennesse’s defensive snaps in 2020, he only participated in 62 percent last season. He’s dealt with injuries in the last two years, which has hurt his stock. If healthy, he’s a solid starter and one that may not be expensive to sign in free agency.

Brown signed a one-year deal worth $4.5 million and Pro Football Focus expects him to ink a two-year contract worth $9. 5 million this offseason ($4.75 million average per year). He would be a solid plan B in case the Jaguars don’t keep Wilson — or if they move on from linebacker Myles Jack.