5 players that the Jaguars would have liked to target in free agency

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

Things are heating up ahead of free agency and clubs are doing their best to keep their players, either giving them multi-year extensions or applying the franchise tag on them. The Jacksonville Jaguars already got to work and have tagged left tackle Cam Robinson one week after re-signing interior lineman Tyler Shatley.

Even though it will cost the Jaguars $16.6 million to keep Robinson in 2022, they will still have ample cap space to make a couple of splash signings this offseason. Having said that, the free-agent market doesn’t look as alluring as it did a couple months ago, precisely because teams aren’t letting their own players to hit the open market.

While the Jags will still have plenty of options in free agency, they would have surely liked these five players to be available.

No. 1 player the Jaguars wish were available- Chris Godwin, WR.

Chris Godwin has been a mainstay of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past few years and was very productive even before Tom Brady landed with them. Back in 2019, Godwin hauled in 86 receptions for 1,333 with nine touchdowns with Jameis Winston taking snaps behind center. The 2017 third-round pick was having a solid year in 2021 but an ACL injury cut his season short. His total tally was 14 games, 98 receptions for 1,103 yards, and five touchdowns.

Even though Godwin might not be ready to contribute by the beginning of the 2022 campaign, the Bucs showed much they valued him, applying the franchise tag for the second year in a row. Because this was the second time Tampa Bay tagged the wide receiver, he will get a 20 percent raise for a total of $19.18 million.