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

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 4 player the Jaguars wish were available – Dalton Schultz, TE.

The Dallas Cowboys are serious about competing in the NFC and are pulling no punches this offseason. Right when it looked like they were going to let tight end Dalton Schultz in free agency, they reversed course and slapped him with the franchise tag.

Moreover, the Boys plan to keep wide receiver Michael Gallup, so it’s clear they don’t want to leave Dak Prescott and their offense devoid of weapons. Then again, they will likely release Amari Cooper, so they won’t be able to keep everyone.

Looking at Schultz’s production in 2021, it’s easy to see why the Boys prioritized keeping him for at least one more year. After posting a solid 63 receptions for 615 years and four touchdowns in 2020, he caught 63 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Moreover, he averaged 10.4 yards per reception. The fact that Prescott was healthy after missing the 2020 campaign helped the tight end but he’s far from a one-year wonder.

Schultz was a favorite to land with the Jaguars in free agency. He would have made an immediate impact on offense and would have most likely become one of Trevor Lawrence’s right off the bat. On the bright side, that clears the path for Jacksonville to sign Zach Ertz, who previously played for head coach Doug Pederson. Even after tagging Cam Robinson, they have more than enough money to sign a few players in free agency, Ertz should be one of them.