3 free agent do-overs the Jaguars would like in 2023

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) celebrates.
Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) celebrates. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars didn't make any splash signings in free agency, opting instead to bolster their depth and keep their own players from leaving. This approach makes sense when you take into account that the Jags didn't have a surplus of cap space like they did last year. Also, they didn't have any glaring weaknesses on the roster and they addressed the few they had in the draft.

Having said that, you could make the case that they could have made a few signings in free agency that would have left their roster in great shape ahead of the 2023 season. With that in mind, here are three moves general manager Trent Baalke should've pulled off.

No. 3 free agent do-over for the Jaguars in 2023: Tavierre Thomas, CB

Cornerback Tavierre Thomas became an important piece of the Houston Texans' secondary over the last two seasons, so it wasn't particularly surprising to see him return on a one-year deal worth $3 million. And precisely because it wouldn't have been cost-prohibitive to lock him up, the Jaguars should have taken a flyer on him.

Thomas signed with the Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted in 2018. He was waived not long after and joined the Cleveland Browns, where he spent his first three NFL seasons. The Ferris State product then landed with the Texans and has gone on to play 27 games with 14 starts. While he's only logged two career interceptions and five passes defended, he's been pretty good in the slot, giving up a respectable 59.70 percent completion rate when targeted.

The Jaguars re-signed Tre Herndon in free agency and expect him to start in the slot in 2023. While Thomas would have been a bit more expensive, he's the better player of the two. In this case, Jacksonville went with the devil they know but they should have gone with the one they don't.