The Jacksonville Jaguars choose the lesser of two evils in free agency and instead of sitting on the vast amount of cap space they had at their disposal, they opted to make several splash signings. Although they got a somewhat low grade for all the moves they made, there’s no doubt their roster seems to be in better shape than it did a couple of months ago.
It will be a while before the Jaguars can truly assess the impact of the signings they made. However, there are several players and coaches that will directly benefit from all the moves that took place over the last few days. Without further ado, here are the four biggest winners from Jacksonville’s shopping spree.
No. 1 Jaguars biggest winner in free agency – GM Trent Baalke.
Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke has endured plenty of criticism over the last few months. He might have been a roadblock in the team’s search for a new head coach due to his poor reputation around league circles and his penchant for getting into power struggles. Also, he always opted to take a conservative approach in free agency, refraining from making any splash signings… until this year.
Baalke took an aggressive approach and landed several free agents that should have an immediate impact. Although the roster still needs more talent, it was encouraging to see the Jaguars’ general manager try to acquire as many playmakers as possible. He now needs to ace the draft and if he does, Jacksonville could make some noise in 2022. Also, his reputation could get a needed boost.