4 worst free-agent signings under Jaguars GM Trent Baalke

• Jaguars GM Trent Baalke has had his fair share of misses in the draft but he's also brought in a few duds in free agency, including the next four.

Dec 5, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde (24) is
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General manager Trent Baalke has been under plenty of scrutiny the past two years and rightfully so. While there were many reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars failed to make the playoffs in 2023, he most definitely played a big role. His dearth of urgency to address needs last year left the roster devoid of depth. To make matters worse, he failed to hold himself accountable for his shortcomings and instead pointed fingers.

Granted, Baalke has had his fair share of hits, but his misses held the team back last year. His success in later rounds of the draft hasn't been something to write home about. Similarly, he's had a handful of duds in free agency, and these four have surely left a stain on his resume.

4. Chandler Brewer, offensive guard (2023)

An undrafted free agent in 2019, Chandler Brewer has had an unremarkable NFL career. He spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and even won a Super Bowl ring but he played 13 games with four starts before joining the Jags last year.

Now, nobody expected Brewer to turn into an All-Pro guard, so it's not particularly surprising that he only appeared in three special teams snaps in 2023. The issue is that there was a deep pool of offensive linemen in free agency but Trent Baalke refused to bolster the interior of the offensive trenches. Had he made a couple of additions besides Brewer last year, the Jaguars would've had depth and competition up front, two things they lacked last year.

Baalke could've easily gone after Dalton Risner, who remained unsigned for months, Will Hernandez or even Nate Herbig. The point is that having options to fortify the offensive line, the embattled general manager stayed put, hoping things were going to be fine. They didn't, and Trevor Lawrence got pummeled throughout the year.