2. Foyesade Oluokun, linebacker
Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun has been a mainstay of the Jaguars' defense since he joined them in 2022, becoming one of their most prominent players on and off the field. He led the leagues in tackles in 2021-2022 and finished fourth last year. Off the field, he took it upon himself to provide guidance to his younger teammates last offseason. Simply put, he's been everything Jacksonville bargained for and then some.
Oloukon is now entering the last year of the $45 million deal he inked in 2022 and there are many routes the team's brass could take. They could outright release him and free up $7.24 million in cap space with $14 million in dead money. The issue with that is that Chad Muma, a third-round pick in 2022, may not be ready to join the starting lineup.
Muma flashed as a rookie but struggled when called upon last year. Maybe he'll make a leap in training camp, and earn a chance to complete for a bigger role. However, he's not done enough to make you think he will. Going back to Oluokun, he could get an extension and push some of his salary for 2024 for future years.
Then again, there's a new defensive coordinator in town, Ryan Nielsen, and it's uncertain if Oloukun may be a fit in his scheme, something that could complicate his future in Jacksonville beyond 2024.
The best course of action would then be to add void years to Oluokun's contract. General manager Trent Baalke has previously done it in the past, and he could do it again to get a bit of breathing room ahead of free agency.