3 high-profile free agents the Jacksonville Jaguars must pursue in 2024

• The Jaguars have built a well-rounded roster over the past few years

• They could be even better if they added these 3 free agents in 2024

Oct 12, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) runs
Oct 12, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) runs / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are no longer in the cellar of the NFL and find themselves in position to make the playoffs and win the AFC South for the second straight year. One big reason for their recent success has been their ability to acquire talent in free agency.

The Jags weren't nearly as active in free agency as they were in 2022 but they still made a couple of important signings, including kicker Brandon McManus and running back D'Ernest Johnson. They also brought back Dawuane Smoot and gave long-term deals to DaVon Hamilton, Roy Robertson-Harris and tight end Evan Engram. Without many important contract decisions looming, Jacksonville could once again go into a spending spree next year.

Granted, the Jaguars must prioritize giving linebacker Josh Alllen a contract extension. But even after locking him up, they should have enough cap to make a splash signing or two. With that in mind, here are a three free agents Jacksonville should pursue in 2024.

No. 3 free agent the Jacksonville Jaguars must pursue in 2024: Chris Jones, DL

Outside linebacker Josh Allen has consistently brought heat to opposing quarterbacks in 2023. Sophomore Travon Walker has also made strides and done a better job of generating pressure than last year. However, the Jaguars also recognize that their pass rush could use a boost.

The team's brass attempted to add reinforcements at the trade deadline but came up short. That shouldn't stop them from trying again in 2024 and pursuing some of the best pass rushers in the market. Brian Burns would be an enticing target but Jacksonville could also go after Chris Jones.

Jones wanted a new contract before the start of the season and even held out in order to put pressure on the Kansas City Chiefs. In the end, the All-Pro defensive lineman got a salary bump and returned in time for Week 2 to show the Jags how dominant he is.

This could be the last year Jones dons the Chiefs uniform though. He's set to become a free agent in 2024 and barring a contract extension, he will hit the open market. Already this season, he's tallied 5.5 sacks this year, giving him 70.5 for his career. A second-round in 2016, Jones has made the Pro Bowl four times and has earned four All-Pro designation (one first team, three second team).

It could be a bit expensive to sign Jones but he, alonside Allen and Walker, could take the Jacksonville pass rush to the next level.