5 free agents who could start for the Jaguars right now if signed
No. 4 free agent the Jaguars could still sign – Carlos Dunlap, DE
The Jaguars’ brass did a good job of fortifying their defensive front in free agency and the draft. While the cupboard wasn’t totally bare, they made sure defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell will have enough talent to install his system in his first year with the team. Besides using the first overall pick on defensive line Travon Walker in this year’s selection, they also inked former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arden Key, who has the flexibility to line up at different spots across the line of scrimmage.
Furthermore, the Jags brought back Adam Gotsis, who became a key cog in their defensive line rotation last season. Outside linebacker Josh Allen will also benefit from all the additions Jacksonville has made, as opposing teams will now have to account for other Jaguars’ defenders.
Having said that, general manager Trent Baalke could still bolster the front seven. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap remains unsigned even though he logged 8.5 sacks for the Seattle Seahawks last season. A second-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2010 draft, Dunlap spent most of his career in Cincy but was traded to the Hawks in 2020.
At 33, Dunlap still has a few good years left and could contribute right off the bat in Jacksonville. The former Florida Gator is effective against the pass and the run, having posted a solid Pro Football Focus overall grade of 72.1 last season.