3 players the Jacksonville Jaguars must re-sign after the NFL salary cap increase

• The extra cap space should allow the Jaguars to bring these 3 players back in 2024.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew (39) hauls in a reception for a run and lone
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew (39) hauls in a reception for a run and lone / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Unio / USA
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The Jacksonville Jaguars were projected to have around $11 million in cap space this offseason. However, they received a pleasant surprise when it was announced that the salary cap for 2024 is set at $255.4 million, $13 million more than originally expected.

With the extra amount, the Jags should have no trouble giving extensions to both outside linebacker Josh Allen and wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Similarly, the team's brass is going to be in a position to bring a handful of players they may not have been planning to re-sign, including the next three.

3. Jamal Agnew, return specialist

Return specialist Jamal Agnew has contributed in more than a few ways since joining the Jaguars in 2021. Besides being one of the turn returners in the league, he's given Jacksonville a weapon on offense. Whether he was running a reverse or reeling in touchdown passes, he made big plays whenever he got the football in his hands.

Unfortunately, injuries held Agnew last year. He first sustained a shoulder injury that forced him to miss four games and later suffered a leg injury in Week 17 that cut his season short. Although he didn't have a feature role, his absence was noticeable and left the team without much depth.

Agnew is now set to become a free agent, but re-signing him should be feasible after the salary cap increase. He was the Jaguars' top returner, and it would be better to re-sign him than to look for an unproven alternative in the draft. Moreover, there aren't many return specialists slated to be available in the open market, so Jacksonville is better off going with the one they know.