3 pass rushers the Jacksonville Jaguars can sign after missing out on Calais Campbell
The Jacksonville Jaguars needed to bolster their pass rush depth after losing defensive end Arden Key in free agency. And for a hot minute, it looked like they had found an enticing replacement in Calais Campbell, who had previously suited up for the Jags from 2017 to 2019. Ultimately, a reunion didn't end up materializing and the player affectionately known as The Mayor ended up joining the Atlanta Falcons.
The Jags still need to fill the void left by Key but they can wait until the 2023 NFL Draft to do so. Having said that, there are still a few pass rushers left in the open market, and the team's brass should consider targeting any of them and allocate their draft picks to other positions. In particular, Jacksonville could go after these three edge rushers that remain unsigned.
No. 3 pass rusher the Jacksonville Jaguars can sign: Justin Houston
Defensive end Justin Houston has had a fruitful career, having earned four Pro Bowl designations and a First-Team All-Pro selection. However, the former Georgia Bulldog isn't the same player he was for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014, when he logged 22 sacks and four forced fumbles.
Nevertheless, Houston showed in 2022 that he's still an effective player, logging 9.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Although he's no longer suited for a full-time role, he can be effective as a part of a rotation, and he could be of great help in the Jaguars' locker room.
Houston has embraced the mentor role in recent years and he could share a few pointers with Travon Walker, K'Lavon Chaisson -- if he's still with the team -- and even Josh Allen. The fact that it might not be cost-prohibitive to sign him might incentivize general manager Trent Baalke to get in touch with him.