3 former Jacksonville Jaguars we'll be glad are gone, 2 we'll wish stayed in 2023
The Jacksonville Jaguars turned heads last year when they went on a spending spree in free agency. Coming off a successful season, they didn't have to make many as many splash signings as they did in 2022 and instead turned their focus to re-signing as many of their own players.
In the end, Jacksonville couldn't keep all their players from leaving. Some losses will have a bigger impact than others but there's no doubt they felt comfortable moving on from these three players. Conversely, they would've surely loved to keep a couple. Enjoy!
3. Player the Jacksonville Jaguars won't miss in 2023: Dan Arnold, TE
The Jaguars traded for tight end Dan Arnold during the 2021 season expecting him to give Trevor Lawrence another weapon. Arnold quickly became an important piece of the offense but suffered an MCL injury that ended his first season in Jacksonville prematurely.
When the Jags announced Doug Pederson would be the new head coach, it seemed to be good news for Arnold, as Pederson had a history of getting his tight ends heavily involved. While Evan Engram and Chris Manhertz did benefit from Pederson's scheme, Arnold tumbled down the depth chart and didn't get much playing time.
Maybe Arnold wasn't a good fit in Pederson's offense or Manhertz proved to be better suited. Regardless of the reason, the former had better numbers in his first season in Jacksonville ( 28 receptions for 324) despite the fact that he played nine fewer games.
Arnold remains unsigned as of this writing. He could end up returning to the Jags after the draft but a more likely scenario involves them using an early pick to bolster their tight end room.