Jacksonville Jaguars 3 best moves of the 2023 offseason
After winning the AFC South and making the playoffs last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars had to make some tough choices in the offseason. Without much cap space, they couldn't make any splash signings in free agency nor keep all their players from hitting the open market.
In the end, the Jags managed to fortify their roster and bring back several players that filled key roles last year. Although most of the moves the team's brass made won't get the spotlight, Jacksonville is in good shape ahead of training camp, so which were the best decisions the Jaguars made in the offseason? Here are the most important three:
3. The Jacksonville Jaguars give DaVon Hamilton a 3-year deal worth $34.5 million
The Jags went on a spending spree last year but it paid off because most of the free agents they signed went on to have a huge impact. This year, they took a different approach, opting to re-sign as many of their own players as possible.
Among the players Jacksonville brought back in the early stages of free agency were defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris, safety Andrew Wingard, running back JaMycal Hasty, cornerback Tre Herndon and defensive end Adam Gotsis.
Once it looked like the Jaguars were done re-signing players, they gave defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton a three-year deal worth $34.5 million just a few days before the 2023 NFL Draft. The timing of the move might have caught everyone off guard but not the signing itself.
Hamilton, a third-round pick in the 2020 draft, flashed potential as a rookie before a knee injury cut his season short. He's progressively got better over the last two years and went on to post career numbers in 2022.
Despite the fact that Hamilton's numbers won't pop off the stat sheet, his role is paramount to the Jaguars' ability to create pressure up front, so choosing to keep him around seems like a smart move.