5 free agents Jaguars should be praised for ignoring

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No. 5 player the Jaguars avoided in free agency  – Michael Gallup, WR.

Nobody will bat an eye if you say that the Jaguars overpaid for wide receiver Christian Kirk and Zay Jones. On the other hand, what other options did they have? Sure, they should’ve made a more aggressive push to trade for Amari Cooper, who ended up landing with the Cleveland Browns. Also, they should’ve made a bigger effort to retain DJ Chark but do you blame him for wanting to leave after everything he went through in Jacksonville last year?

You could argue that the Jaguars could have gotten Allen Robinson at a cheaper rate but the only reason why he took a pay cut to sign with the Los Angeles Rams is that they’re a perennial contender and are coming off a Super Bowl win. It’s unlikely that he would have joined the Jags on the same deal. Either way, they deserve props for not signing Michael Gallup.

Gallup has been one of the top weapons on the Dallas Cowboys’ offense over the last three years but he’s only had one 1,000 yard season in that span. Moreover, he’s coming off a torn ACL he sustained late in the 2021 campaign. Still, the Boys thought of him highly enough that they gave him a five-year deal worth $62.5 million. On the surface, this isn’t a bad deal. If Gallup recovers and plays the way he did in 2019, when he hauled in 66 catches for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns, it will be a bargain. However, it’s not a given that he will, and expecting him to stay healthy may be somewhat of a gamble.

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