4 players the Jaguars can still sign on first official day of free agency

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Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon #25 and New York Giants nose tackle Austin Johnson (98) (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports) /

No. 2 free agent the Jaguar can still sign – Melvin Gordon, RB.

Running backs have a hard time cashing in in free agency due to the high supply at the position and its ‘short’ shelf life. Teams can easily get a good one late in the draft, which makes it difficult for veterans to get a premium contract once they hit the open market.

This year, James Conner got a three-year deal to return to the Arizona Cardinals, but other than that, there are many veteran running backs still available to sign with any club. One of them is former first-round pick Melvin Gordon, who has totaled 1,904 rushing yards with 17 touchdowns as a member of the Denver Broncos in the last two years.

The fact that Gordon has been relatively healthy and has had to sit out just two games over the last two seasons should make him an enticing option for a Jaguars team that needs to add depth to their running back room this offseason. Travis Etienne is on track to partake in the Organized Team Activities after missing his rookie season with a Lisfranc injury. But James Robinson is still recovering from a torn Achilles he sustained near the end of the 2021 campaign, so it wouldn’t hurt the Jags to add someone else to their backfield.

Before free agency started, Pro Football Focus projected Gordon to get a two-year deal worth $12 million ($6 million per year). However, the Jaguars could get him at a cheaper rate if he remains unsigned in the upcoming days.