The Jacksonville Jaguars will need to dip their toes in free agency this year. That much is clear after going 9-7 and failing to make the playoffs in 2023. They'd rather build to the draft but they don't have much choice with the jury still being out on their past two classes. Add the fact that the Jags have several holes to plug and they don't have much of a choice.
Having said that, Jacksonville won't be able to make as many splash signings as fans would probably like. After all, they have to put money aside to pay outside linebacker Josh Allen and wide receiver Calvin Ridley. While they'll be able to get a bit of cap relief by cutting ties with a handful of players, don't expect them to ink the following free agents. Otherwise, you'll be left disappointed.
4. Jaylon Johnson, cornerback
Cornerback Jaylon Johnson made waves before the 2023 trade deadline, making it clear he wanted to get a new deal. Whether it was from the Chicago Bears or anyone else, it didn't matter. But in the end, Johnson remained in the Windy City and wasn't able to boost his stock as much as he would've liked. Barring an unexpected turn of events, he'll become a free agent in March.
Johnson, a second-round pick in 2020, has not been able to play a full NFL season. However, there's always a demand for cornerbacks, so he will have no shortage of suitors in free agency. The former Utah Ute is coming off a season in which he tallied four picks despite the fact that he only suited up for 14 contests. It's fair to believe that if he manages to stay healthy, whoever signs him will end up with a lockdown corner.
If that sounds like a player the Jaguars could use, you would be right. The trouble is that there will be other teams with more cap room that will have no trouble outbiding general manager Trent Baalke. Then again, that's not necessarily a bad thing when you take into account that Darious Williams played at a Pro Bowl level last year and Tyson Campbell should bounce back from an injury-marred season.