The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the offseason without much cap space, so they couldn't make as many splash signings as they did last year. Similarly, they keep as many of their own free agents as they could but they weren't able to bring all of them back.
The silver lining is that the team's brass added reinforcements to most position groups in free agency and the draft. And many of the players Jacksonville brought should go on to fill key roles and help fans forget about these four that left earlier this year.
No. 4 player the Jaguars won't miss in 2023: Chris Manhertz, TE
The Jaguars kept tight end Evan Engram from leaving in free agency by applying the franchise tag on him. However, they couldn't retain Chris Manhertz and Dan Arnold, who signed with the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles, respectively. To fill their voids, the team's brass selected Branton Strange in Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft and later signed Sammis Reyes.
Even though Manhertz was an outstanding blocker, he didn't add much as a pass catcher. He played all 17 games and appeared in 38 percent of the team's offensive snaps last year. Yet, he only caught six passes on eight targets for 42 yards with no touchdowns. Back in 2021, the Canisius product signed a two-year deal worth $6 million but it was hard to justify giving him a similar deal when his main contributions were as a blocking specialist.
The good news is that Strange is a reliable in-line blocker and more of a threat as a pass catcher than Manhertz was. While it's true that Manhertz brought veteran leadership into the locker room, Strange has the potential to form a dynamic tight-end tandem alongside Engram.