No. 3 offseason decision the Jaguars made: Letting Jawaan Taylor walk in free agency
Right tackle Jawaan Taylor struggled with penalties in his first three NFL seasons. However, he put it all together in 2022. It took him a while but he became one of the team's top offensive linemen. Even before the year finished, there were reports that he was going to be in high demand in free agency, so the Jags braced themselves for the possibility of losing him. They did make him an offer but it wasn't on par with the ones the former Florida Gator received from other clubs.
In the end, Taylor chose to sign a four-year deal worth $80 million with the Chiefs. He was originally projected to move to left tackle but the plan was scrapped when Kansas City signed Donovan Smith, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For their part, the Jags drafted Anton Harrison 27th overall to fill the void left at right tackle. So far, the early returns haven't been great. Besides getting acclimated to the NFL, Harrison is getting used to playing on the right side after lining up at left tackle throughout most of his collegiate career.
In the first two games of the season, Harrison gave up three sacks. He's currently day-to-day after suffering an ankle injury during the loss to the Houston Texans in Week 3. Meanwhile, Taylor has been benched in consecutive weeks and is back to committing penalties at a high rate.
Grade: C (but only because Jawaan Taylor is struggling too)