4 overrated free agents still available Jacksonville Jaguars must avoid

• The Jaguars need to refrain going after these four players who remain unsigned in free agency.

Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) holds on to
Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) holds on to / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Laken Tomlinson, OG, NY Jets

Here's another former New York Jet who's looking for a fresh start. Laken Tomlinson, a first-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2015, needed a bit of time to hit his stride. After an unremarkable start to his NFL career, he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. That's when he was able to put it all together, making 80 starts and even earning a Pro Bowl berth during his five-year stint in the Bay Area.

Tomlinson then joined the Jets, and all went downhill. Although he made 34 consecutive starts during his time in the Big Apple, he experienced a steep decline, especially in 2023, giving up a league-worst 51 total pressures last year. He also posted a subpar Pro Football Focus running grade of 49.6. The fact that he isn't getting any younger could make any potential suitors, including the Jags, wary of signing him.

It's true that the Jags just gave Ezra Cleveland a three-year extension and reworked Brandon Scherff's contract to ensure he remains in Jacksonville in 2024. However, they still need depth on the interior offensive line. Tyler Shatley, their top backup inside the past few years just became a free agent. Shatley wasn't particularly effective when he was on the field last year, so the Jags may be looking for an upgrade.

That's why it wouldn't make sense to sign Tomlinson, who's older than Shatley. In fact, this would be a good year for the front office to use a couple draft picks to replenish the offensive trenches.