3 pass rushers the Jaguars can target in free agency to bolster the rotation

• Here are 3 pass rushers the Jaguars could still sign in free agency to give their rotation a boost.

Sep 10, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93)
Sep 10, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93) / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have done a good job of taking care of needs in the tempering period. Besides fortifying the offensive line, they've added plenty of talent to both special teams and the defense. That said, they still haven't addressed the pass rush.

With K'Lavon Chaisson and Dawuane Smoot becoming free agents, the Jags need a No. 3 rusher behind Travon Walker and Josh Allen. While they could bring back either Chaisson or Smoot, neither was particularly effective last year, so it would make sense for the team's brass to look for alternatives in the open market.

It's true that Jacksonville no longer has as much cap space as it had before the tempering window started. However, there still are a handful of pass rushers available that they could sign without having to break the bank, including the next three.

3. Derek Barnett, Houston Texans

Derek Barnett hasn't lived up to his draft billing but he's carved a niche as a rotational player, and that's not a bad thing at all. Not every first-round selection can turn into an All-Pro but that doesn't mean they can't have a long NFL career. In Bartnett's case, he's never had more than 6.5 sacks in a season, but he was still an important piece of the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive puzzle for several years.

A first-round pick in 2017, Barnett signed a two-year extension in 2022 to remain in Philly. However, his playing time decreased last year and he eventually requested a trade. The Eagles tried to move him before the deadline but weren't able to, so they ended up waiving him. He was promptly picked up by the Houston Texans, where he went on to register 2.5 sacks in six games.

So far, a market for Barnett hasn't materialized. Maybe the Jaguars could sign him to a one-year deal prove it deal and give him a chance to rebuild his stock.