No. 3 offseason decision the Jaguars made: Letting Arden Key sign with the Titans
Arden Key was a non-factor in his three seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders. Not surprisingly, he was waived after the 2021. He was quickly scooped by the San Francisco 49ers and went on to enjoy a career revival. The former LSU Tiger logged a measly three sacks during his stint with the Silver and Black but had 6.5 in his lone year with the Niners.
Although Key could've signed with the Chiefs last year, he chose to join the Jaguars because if the challenge it presented. He tallied just 4.5 sacks in 2022 but his flexibility to line up at different spots at across the line of scrimmage gave his teammates the chance to make plays.
Following yet another productive season, Key wanted to return to Jacksonville but got what he characterized as a disrespectful offer. This led him to ink a three-year deal worth $21 million with divisional rival Titans. Jacksonville, for their part, didn't do much to address the pass rush in the offseason. They were counting on K'Lavon Chaisson and rookie Yasir Abdullah to step up but neither one has been particualrly impressive. On the other hand, early signs point to Tennessee getting themselves a bargain.
So far, Key has been one of the most dominant pass rushers in the NFL while the Jaguars have struggled to create pressure up front and get after the quarterback. Against the Texans, he didn't register a single sack. Would Key have made the difference? Based on his impact in Tennessee the answer seems to be yes.