No. 3 Jaguars player who may get a contract extension: Dan Arnold, TE
The Jags have invested meaningful resources in their tight end room over the last two years. Last offseason, they signed Chris Manhertz. They then traded for Dan Arnold once the regular season started and inked Evan Engram earlier this year. The three of them will give the Jags’ a well-rounded group in 2022 but all of them are set to become free agents next year.
Engram is the most accomplished of the three, having made the Pro Bowl in 2020. If the former New York Giant lives up to expectations, he will be in high demand next year, which could in turn make it cost-prohibitive to re-sign him. Arnold will also be playing for a contract extension and may very well get one from the Jaguars if he builds off his 2021 campaign.
An undrafted free agent in 2017, Arnold spent time with the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals before signing with the Carolina Panthers as a free agent last offseason. His tenure in Carolina didn’t last much though, as he was traded in exchange for cornerback C.J. Henderson after Week 3. The tight end went on to have an immediate impact, catching two passes for 29 yards in his debut with the Jags, just three days after being traded.
Arnold’s playing time and carries progressively increased and became one of Trevor Lawrence’s most trusted targets before suffering an MCL injury in Week 12 that ended his season prematurely. He will lose snaps to Engram but should be still productive, which will help him earn an extension next year.