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

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Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88). Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2 player the Jaguars wish were available- Mike Gesicki, TE.

Had Mike Gesicki become a free agent, he would have found a robust market for his services but the Miami Dolphins prevented him from doing so when they slapped him with the franchise tag. Back at the NFL Scouting Combine, general manager Chris Grier told the media that the team was negotiating with both Gesicki and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah but it looks like they weren’t close to touching base with the former and that’s why they most likely used the tag.

The Phins could still strike a multi-year deal with the tight end. But applying the tag on him affords them the chance to get at the negotiating table with Ogbah without having to worry about losing Gesicki in the open market. Keep in mind that using the tag on Ogbah would have been significantly more costly. The tag for tight ends in 2022 is $10.9 million while the one for defensive ends sits at $17.8, it’s easy to see why Miami tagged Gesicki.

Tua Tagovailoa is entering a crossroads in his football career. Former head coach Brian Flores might not have been all-in on the quarterback but his successor, Mike McDaniel has already told him that he’s going to make him great. It remains to be seen if he can live up to his promise but if the Dolphins want Tua to succeed, they will need to surround him with as many weapons as possible this offseason Keeping Mike Gesicki is a step in the right direction.