No. 3 player the Jaguars avoided in free agency – Will Dissly, TE.
Hindsight is 20/20 but the Jaguars really struggled to address the tight end position last year. After inking Chris Manhertz and re-signing James O’Shaughnessy in free agency, they drafted Luke Farrell in the fifth round of the draft. The team’s brass realized must have realized then that none of the moves would have a meaningful impact with is probably why they signed Jacob Hollister before the start of the 2021 season and later traded for Dan Arnold.
The Jags took a different path this year and swung the fences right off the bat, signing Evan Engram to a one-year deal. Pairing the former first-round pick with Trevor Lawrence should benefit both and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the tight end have a career year. Similarly, Jacksonville should be praised for one move they didn’t do.
The Seattle Seahawks gave tight end Wil Dissly a three-year deal worth $24 million. That’s a big win for him but the contract doesn’t make sense from a team standpoint when you take into account that he’s hauled in a combined 76 receptions and nine touchdowns over the last four years. Also, he has never had more than 24 catches in a season.
Why did the Hawks decide to pay Dissly like a top 15 tight end when his production resembles that of a complementary player? Your guess is as good as anyone’s but it seems like the Jaguars got it right with Engram and Seattle didn’t with Dissly.