4 free agents the Jacksonville Jaguars should sign to win the Super Bowl in 2025

• The Jaguars could use some help to bounce back in 2024

• These 4 pending FAs could help them get over the hump

Dec 10, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Justin Madubuike (92)
Dec 10, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Justin Madubuike (92) / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Brian Burns, edge rusher

Outside linebacker Brian Burns is coming off a somewhat down season, registering just eight sacks. Then again, do you blame him? He was one of the Carolina Panthers' few bright spots but they didn't want to commit long-term to him. A first-round pick in 2019 — the same draft class as Josh Allen — Burns posted 38 sacks, and seven forced fumbles in his first four seasons. Rightfully, he took a stand last offseason, partaking in a hold-in during training camp and later playing "not to get hurt."

Players are one injury away from never taking the field again. Granted, it's a risk they are willing to take but once they've produced, it's only fair that they get paid. Given that Burns is one of the few stars currently on the Carolina roster, expect them to do anything they can to keep him around, especially when you consider that there's a new regime in place and head coach Dave Canales will try to have as many playmakers as possible to right the ship.

But if Burns does hit the open market, he would give the Jaguars' pass rusher a massive boost. Of course, they must first give Josh Allen a new deal but once they check off that box, they should court Burns. There's a reason clubs the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs made the Super Bowl. They don't stop hoarding talent, as opposed to solely relying on the draft to build their roster. As the Jaguars painfully attested in 2023, that's not a winning strategy, especially when they don't hit on most of their picks.

If needed, the Jaguars must dip their toes in free agency and make one or two splash signings. This would be the appropriate time. Think how dominant the pass rush trio of Josh Allen, Travon Walker, and Brian Burns would be. Simply put, the Jaguars' defensive front would be a force to reckon with.

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