Opinions vary on whether the Jacksonville Jaguars
but there’s plenty of work left to do before the start of the regular season. First-year head coach Doug Pederson and his staff must install his scheme while general manager Trent Baalke needs to decide if he needs to make any additions before training camp takes place.
Speaking of Baalke, he’s spent the whole offseason making upgrading the roster and while’s still an unpopular figure in Jacksonville, he’s taken a few steps to change that. Now, he and the team’s brass must make the following moves.
1. The Jaguars must give OLB Josh Allen a long-term extension.
Exercising the fifth-year option on outside linebacker Josh Allen’s rookie contract was always a no-brainer but the lack of news in that regard caused a certain level of anxiety among fans. Fortunately, all doubts were put to rest when the Jaguars announced just before the draft that they would be indeed picking up the option. Now, the organization must commit to Allen long-term.
Allen is one of the few building blocks that were on the roster last year. He was selected team captain last season and is one of the most respected players in the Jags’ locker room. His 7.5 sacks led the team in 2021 and while his performance faded down the stretch, he was one of the most dominant pass rushers in the league at one point of the season.
The Kentucky product certainly has to become consistent but giving a multi-year extension will go a long way toward showing the team believes he’s the franchise player they thought they were getting when they drafted him seventh overall in the 2019 draft.