3 unsung free agents the Jacksonville Jaguars should re-sign in 2024

• The Jaguars need to bring back these 3 non-prominent players who had key roles last year.

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2. Tre Herndon, cornerback

Veteran Tre Herndon deserves praise for making it as far as he has since joining the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2018. Throughout his stint in Jacksonville, the Vanderbilt product has appeared in 83 games with 34 starts and filled a variety of roles.

After making 24 starts in his first three seasons, Herndon got a one-year tender in 2021. He was expected to man the slot that year, but an MCL injury forced him to miss the start of the season. He wasn't 100 percent when he returned, so he saw his playing time decrease considerably. Still, the front office thought highly enough of him to give him a one-year extension.

With a new coaching staff in place, Herndon lined up to the boundaries in 2022. However, he would eventually return to the slot when Darious Williams moved to the perimeter. All things considered, Herndon was dependable. Not great, but solid enough to hold the fort, which is why he got yet another one-year deal.

Now, Herndon is slated to hit the open market again but the Jaguars should consider bringing him back. The Jags have a trio of young cornerbacks in Christian Braswell, Gregory Junior, and Montaric Brown. They all flashed potential last year and could eventually earn a bigger role in 2024. That said, Herndon would provide insurance in case his younger counterparts fail to develop.

Teams in need of depth at cornerback could target Herndon in free agency. However, he may be better off sticking around with the Jaguars. After all, there's value in having a certain degree of continuity for both teams and players.