3. Brandon Scherff, right guard
The Jaguars had a hard time protecting Trevor Lawrence and paving lanes in the running game last year. The source of the problem has been the offensive line, particularly inside. There was a revolving door at left guard, while center Luke Fortner and Brandon Scheff underperformed.
In Fortner's case, he regressed and the Jags cannot afford to go with him as the starting center one more season. On the other hand, Scherff will give them an interesting decision. A first-round pick by the Washington Commanders in 2015, the former Iowa Hawkeye inked a three-year deal worth $49.5 million with the Jags in 2022. Although he sat out 24 games from 2017-2021, he's made 34 consecutive starts in Jacksonville.
That said, Scherff's play hasn't been proportional to his salary. A five-time Pro Bowl nod in Washington, he's been good but not great with the Jaguars. In his defense, he played through an ankle injury last year and an abdomen injury throughout most of the 2022 season.
It's fair to assume that Scherff could regain his Pro Bowl shape if he manages to be healthy in 2024. Moreover, he's been named team captain twice, so the Jaguars may want to give it another chance to work out. They could either give the veteran guard a short extension or add void years to his contract, pushing most of his $9 million salary in 2024 to the future.
Either way, Jacksonville may be inclined to keep Scherff around, especially if they want to bolster the left guard and center positions in the offseason.