3 position groups the Jacksonville Jaguars upgraded through free agency

• The Jaguars priorized making upgrades to these 3 position groups in free agency.

Dec 24, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars guard Brandon Scherff (68) and center Luke
Dec 24, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars guard Brandon Scherff (68) and center Luke / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the offseason with clear needs, and they took the necessary steps to address as many as possible in free agency. Unlike last year, the front office spared no expenses to bolster several position groups, and one look at the roster will show they did a solid job.

While there's still work to be done in the draft, here's a look at three position groups the Jags upgraded in free agency.

3. Secondary

The Jaguars released Darious Williams and Rayshawn Jenkins in cap-saving moves before free agency but they brought in adequate replacements. In Williams' case, the team's brass inked Ronald Darby, a cornerback who's given up just one touchdown the past two years and has previously played for head coach Doug Pederson. On the other hand, the Jags will move sophomore Antonio Johnson back to safety, which paves the way for Darnell Savage to man the slot.

A fifth-round pick in last year's draft, Johnson mostly lined up in the slot last year even though he was listed as a safety. When Savage arrived, it was believed Johnson would remain at nickel but Pederson announced Savage would be manning the slot. On a related note, the Jags also re-signed special-teams ace and backup safety Daniel Thomas to a two-year deal.

But despite the additions to the defensive backfield, cornerback is still a need for the Jaguars. Darby's contract runs through 2025 and Tyson Campbell is scheduled to become a free agent next year. The Jags may want to select his potential replacement early in the draft.