NFC Championship: 5 players Jaguars would love to sign in free agency
No. 4 NFC Championship free agent target: Robert Quinn, DE
Defensive end Robert Quinn was a popular trade candidate last offseason and the Chicago Bears eventually sent him to the Philadephia Eagles in exchange for a fourth-round pick before the trade deadline.
A first-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams in 2011, the North Carolina product has registered 102 sacks, 369 tackles, 178 quarterback hits, and 32 forced fumbles. Following his trade to Philly, he underwent knee surgery and was placed on the Injured Reserve.
Quinn only had one sack in 2022 but that’s not a shocking development when you take into account that he’s run hot and cold throughout his career. Back in 2021, he logged 18.5, and the season before he had two. At this point of his career, he might be better suited for a complementary role and would be a solid addition to the Jags’ pass-rush rotation.
No. 3 NFC Championship free agent target: Tashaun Gibson, S
Safety doesn’t figure to be among the Jags’ top needs in the offseason but that shouldn’t deter them from revamping the unit. After all, Andrew Wingard is set to become a free agent and Rayshawn Jenkins could be a cap casualty. If the team brass isn’t able to retain either one, they should consider bringing back a familiar face.
Tashaun Gipson wore the Black and Teal from 2016 to 2018 and is still going strong in Year 11. Following a two-year stint with the Bears, he joined the Niners last offseason and went on to register five interceptions and 17 passes defensed.
Gipson’s availability should be enticing to the Jaguars and any potential suitors. Over the last seven seasons, he’s missed just seven games. Last but not least, he signed a one-year deal worth $1.12 million and he would likely command a similar amount in 2023.