5 biggest losers from Jaguars free-agency shopping spree

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Tight end Chris Manhertz (84) of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /

No. 3 Jaguars biggest loser in free agency – Chris Manhertz, TE.

The Jaguars’ haven’t gotten much production from their tight end room over the last two seasons, albeit for different circumstances. Back in 2020, Tyler Eifert, who was past his prime, was the starter and hauled in a measly 36 receptions for 349 yards with two touchdowns. Knowing the position needed a boost, the team’s brass went on to make several additions last year. However, it took several attempts to get it right.

First, the Jags brought back James O’Shaughnessy and signed Chris Manhertz in free agency but he’s been more of a blocking specialist throughout his career. They later used a fifth-round pick in the 2021 draft on Luke Farrell. They then gave Tim Tebow a tryout. The team realized they the unit upgrades so they signed Jacob Hollister before the start of the season but it still wasn’t enough and ended up trading cornerback C.J. Henderson to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for Dan Arnold.

Whenever Arnold was healthy, he was Jacksonville’s number one tight end. Alas, he suffered an MCL injury in the second half of the 2021 season and O’Shaughnessy took his place in the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Manhertz never saw more than 50 percent of the snaps on offense and only caught six receptions, one of them for a touchdown, last season.

With the addition of Evan Engram in free agency, Manhertz’s role in Jacksonville is unclear and it’s possible that Farrell will move ahead up him on the depth chart.