5 players set to become free agents that can fix the Jaguars top needs in 2024

• The Jagaurs will enter the 2024 offseason with clear needs

• Here are 5 potential FAs that could help them address them

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans (21) breaks up a deep pass intended for Cincinnati
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans (21) breaks up a deep pass intended for Cincinnati / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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3. Kevin Dotson, RG

The Jaguars' offensive line has been a topic of conversation throughout most of the season, and not for good reasons. Their inability to open holes in the running game or give Trevor Lawrence enough time to throw has held the offense back. While they're set at right tackle with Anton Harrison and Walker Little is a good bet to take over at left tackle full-time, the interior could use a few changes.

Ezra Cleveland, who's brought a bit of stability at left tackle, should get a one-year deal in 2024. The Jags should also add competition at center, with incumbent Luke Fortner currently being the weakest link up front. That leaves right guard as the top priority on the team's to-do list next offseason.

Veteran Brandon Scherff was a five-time Pro Bowl nod before landing in Jacksonville, which is why he got a top-market contract worth $49.5 million last year. Although the former Iowa Hawkeye managed to play all 17 games last season, a feat he hadn't achieved since 2016, he's not been nearly as dominant as he was during his seven-year stint with the Washington Commanders.

While his leadership has been invaluable (he's been named captain two seasons in a row), the Jaguars could release him next year to create space. They could then pursue Kevin Dotson in free agency.

Dotson, a fourth-round pick in 2020, played right guard in his rookie year but the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to switch him to the left side, where he wasn't nearly as effective. He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams earlier this year and has enjoyed a career resurgence. He cites his return to the right guard spot as the main reason.

In Jacksonville, Dotson would be a huge upgrade at right guard. The former Louisiana Ragin' Cajun doesn't have many accolades under his name but excels in run blocking and pass protection, something the Jaguars need right now. Signing him won't be cheap but the Jags will be getting bang for their buck.