The Jacksonville Jaguars will have their work cut out next offseason. Already, several needs have surfaced and the team's brass will need to address them if they don't want to have a collapse like the one they're experiencing right now.
The Jags offense struggled in the second half of the season, and the offensive line is the biggest culprit. Sure, Trevor Lawrence must take better care of the football, but it's tough to make plays when he hardly ever gets enough time to throw. Similarly, Travis Etienne has been ineffective, but that's because he's rarely had space to run.
Simply put, Jacksonville is losing the battle in the trenches, and they'll need to bulk up in the interior if they want to stop being mauled. They're already set on the edges with Anton Harrison and Walker Little. Maybe Cam Robinson returns next year but it's imperative that the front office bolsters both guard slots and the center position. Here are three pending free agents who could help.
3. Damien Lewis, Seattle Seahawks
The Jaguars didn't make many changes at left guard because they expected Ben Bartch to bounce back from a knee injury he sustained last year. He didn't and was eventually benched in favor of Tyler Shatley. The coaching staff later bumped Walker LIttle inside when Cam Robinson returned from a suspension he served to start the season.
Little got hurt and Shatley got back at left guard. This led general manager Trent Baalke to trade for Ezra Cleveland at the deadline. Unfortunately, Cleveland has also dealt with injuries, so the revolving door at the position has gone on. If healthy, Cleveland can play at a high level, so Jacksonville should consider giving him a one-year deal to show he deserves the job long-term.
But if the Jaguars aren't sold on Cleveland, they should then target Damien Lewis in free agency. A third-round pick in 2020, Lewis can play both guard positions but is at his best when he lines up on the left side. Although it took him a bit to put it all together, he's become a mainstay of the Seattle Seahawks offensive line.
The former LSU Tiger has proven to be durable throughout his career, making 59 starts and missing just four starts the past four years. He would be a solid alternative to Ezra Cleveland, and the Jags wouldn't probably have to break the bank to acquire him.