No. 5 AFC South free agent the Jaguars can sign – Harold Landry, OLB.
Under defensive coordinator Joe Cullen, the Jaguars logged 32 sacks in 2021, 14 more than the year before. While that’s a noticeable improvement, Jacksonville still ranked near the cellar of the NFL in sacks, and adding a pass rusher should be a priority this offseason.
The Jaguars will have a shot at taking either Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson or Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux with the first overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft but if they want to use the selection on an offensive tackle, they should then consider signing one of the top pass rushers in free agency. Chandler Jones, Von Miller, and Harold Landry will be the top three.
Jones and Miller are proven commodities and they would both give the Jaguars’ pass rush a boost. On the other hand, Landry is younger and might not have reached his ceiling yet. Over his four-year career, the 2018 second-round pick has amassed 31 sacks (12 of them in 2021), 256 total tackles, 41 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Landry has expressed his desire to remain in Tennessee but he could hit the open market if they can’t reach a deal. If he does become a free agent, he’s expected to get a four-year deal worth $64.8 million (an average of $17.1 million per year). When you consider that Jones and Miller could get up to $20 million per year, signing Landry seems like a pretty good alternative.