3 free-agent moves from AFC South foes that should worry Jaguars fans

• Just like the Jaguars, all other AFC South got better in free agency.

Feb 2, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA;  Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) participates in
Feb 2, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) participates in / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Danielle Hunter, Houston Texans

The Houston Texans revamped their defensive front in free agency. They let Sheldon Rankins, Derek Barnett, and Jerry Hughes leave but they brought in Folorunso Fotukasi (remember him?), Denico Autry, and arguably the top edge rusher in the open market: Danielle Hunter. In fact, they must've felt so good about their recent upgrades that they traded veteran defensive tackle Maliek Collins to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Jags faced Autry twice a year the past few seasons when he was with the Tenessee Titans while Fatukasi went from friend to foe. But out of the three, Hunter is the one the Jags need to worry about the most. Hunter, a third-round pick in 2015, had spent his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings but last year held out in the offseason because he wanted a pay bump.

The Vikes eventually gave Hunter a raise and he rewarded them with a career-best 16.5 sacks. In an ironic twist of events, Jacksonville wanted to trade for him during his contract impasse and up until the deadline. Had they pulled the trigger, he would have turned their pass rush into one of the best in the league. Also, there's a chance he would still be with them.

Instead, the Jags will now play Hunter twice a year, and every time he brings Trevor Lawrence down, he'll remind them that they could've traded for him. The bottom line is that playing opposite Will Anderson Jr., Hunter gives Houston one of the top pass-rush tandems in the league.