The Jacksonville Jaguars should be pissed at themselves. They got off to a solid start last year but they couldn't seal the deal and ended up missing the playoffs. The fact that the Houston Texans have supplanted them as the team to beat in the AFC South should incentivize them to get back on track. To do so, they'll need to get busy in the offseason.
Besides locking up their own players, the Jags will also need to restock the roster in free agency and the draft. Working in their favor is that they have several paths to accomplish the goal. With that in mind, here are four predictions for Jacksonville in the upcoming months.
4. The Jaguars will sign a pair of big-name free agents
General manager Trent Baalke was underwhelming last year. Instead of loading up on talent and ensuring Jacksonville was in a position to make a deep playoff push, he took a conservative approach. He had several opportunities to bolster the pass rush but opted not to. Similarly, his failure to fortify the offensive line held the team back. If Baalke isn't in the hot seat, he should be. This should in turn make him operate with a sense of urgency.
This free agent class will be stacked with offensive guard and edge rusher talent, more than enough to address the Jaguar's needs. If Baalke once again opts to go for bargain signings, he'll be under lots of scrutiny. Thus, he'll feel pressured to bring in a couple of marquee players.
First, he'll go after a guard. Robert Hunt if they want to make an upgrade on the right side. Kevin Zietler if they want to bring stability to the left guard position. Also, Jacksonville will sign a cornerback, someone like Kendall Fuller, to round out their starting trio. The pass rush and center will remain unaddressed but the Jaguars will take care of them both in the draft.