3 enticing replacements for Trent Baalke if Jacksonville Jaguars made a change at GM

Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke talks to media during a pre-draft luncheon on Thursday, April
Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke talks to media during a pre-draft luncheon on Thursday, April / Juston Lewis/Florida Times-Union / USA
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While several teams have changed general managers the past two seasons, the Jacksonville Jaguars have chosen to stick with Trent Baalke despite the fact that he's delivered mixed results. Maybe the Jags want to have continuity. Perhaps they don't want to make an impulsive decision after failing to make the plays last year. Regardless of the reason, they could benefit from a fresh start.

After moving on from Dave Caldwell in late 2020, Baalke became the interim general manager. He then got the job full-time not long after. The Jags proceeded to hire and later fire Urban Meyer but Baalke remained. Short-term, the decision paid off as the embattled general manager went on to acquire players such as tight end Evan Engram, cornerback Darious Williams, wide receiver Christian Kirk and linebacker Foyesade Oloukun.

When you add the Jaguars' 2021 draft class, it's easy to see why they made the playoffs and won the AFC South in 2022. However, they took a step back last season and one of the reasons was that Baalke failed to restock the roster. Compounding the issue is that he's been meddling in areas where he shouldn't, in theory, have a voice.

Just recently Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reported that Baalke wasn't pleased with offensive coordinator Press Taylor's performance and the organization was split on him. While it's true that Taylor has left a bit to be desired, Baalke himself was underwhelming last season and should be focused on performing to the best of his capabilities.

Following the end of the season, Pete Prisco said he had heard rumbling about Baalke potentially retiring but wasn't 100 percent sure he would. For the sake of argument, let's say he does walk away. The Jaguars should then target these candidates for their potential general manager vacancy.