3 reasons Jacksonville Jaguars were smart for not overspending in free agency
NFL teams tend to restock their rosters in free agency but the Jacksonville Jaguars chose to sit and watch other teams get busy in the open market this offseason. So far, they've only made depth moves, which could be interpreted as a lack of urgency but the truth is that the team's decision-makers are smart for adopting a conservative approach.
Sure, other AFC teams have made key additions but being aggressive in free agency doesn't always translate into wins in the regular season. With that in mind, here are three reasons the Jaguars' methodical approach should help them return to the playoffs and win the division for the second year in a row.
3. The Jacksonville Jaguars already have plenty of talent
Nobody will downplay the impact right tackle Jawaan Taylor and defensive end Arden Key had for the Jaguars last season but the Jaguars were in a position to let them go and not press the panic button. After all, their roster is stacked with talent at different positions. Trevor Lawrence took a huge step forward in 2022 and should continue to get better next season.
On top of that, tight end Evan Engram is back after putting up career numbers last year. If that wasn't enough, Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones, and Christian Kirk will form one of the most dynamic wide receiver corps in the whole league.
While the defense has room for improvement, they have several playmakers such as cornerback Tyson Campbell, safety Andre Cisco and linebacker Foyesade Oluokun. Moreover, edge defender Travon Walker and linebacker Devin Lloyd are set to take a leap next season. If the Jaguars can add a couple of playmakers in the draft, the defense should improve considerably.
Does losing Jawaan Taylor and Arden Key hurt the Jaguars? Absolutely, but they have players ready to pick up the slack.