3. The Jaguars letting RT Jawaan Taylor walk in free agency
Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don't make and the Jaguars made the right decision when they decided not to re-sign right tackle Jawaan Taylor. It's true that they made him an offer before free agency started but it didn't probably meet his salary demands. Otherwise, he wouldn't have hit the open market. Then again, the Jags had already braced themselves for the possibility of Taylor leaving.
In retrospect, there were a few reasons why it made sense to re-sign Taylor. First, he was a homegrown player and teams should always prioritize keeping their own players. Also, he had made 66 consecutive starts, and availability is the best ability in a collision sport such as football. Last but not least, the former Florida Gator had progressively improved and had a breakout year in 2023.
Having said that, Jacksonville wasn't in a position to match the four-year contract worth $80 million that Taylor got from the Kansas City Chiefs given the limited amount of cap space they had at their disposal. So what did the Jaguars do to replace Taylor? They drafted Anton Harrison to take his spot in the lineup.
Even though Harrison mostly lined up at left tackle at Oklahoma, the team's brass thinks he's got the skill set to make the switch to the right side. He could struggle during the transition but the Jaguars are betting on him to bring stability at right tackle and do it on a rookie deal, instead of having to pay a premium at the position.