Besides wanting to develop their younger players, the Jacksonville Jaguars opted not to make any splash signings in free agency and instead focused on adding depth to the roster. Sure, the Jags couldn't keep right tackle Jawaan Taylor and defensive end Arden Key from leaving but they did a good job overall of keeping most of their own free agents from leaving. However, the task will be considerably more difficult next offseason.
Looking back, it's a good thing Jacksonville took a long-term approach this year but they might not be able to bring back all their players set to become free agents in 2024, even if they have ample cap space. Here are four the front office should prioritize ranked by importance.
Ranking No. 4 Jaguars player set to become a free agent in 2024: Jamal Agnew, ST
Special teams players don't get the spotlight often but Jamal Agnew has solidified his place as one of the most electrifying returners in the league. A fifth-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2017, Agnew signed a three-year deal with the Jags in 2021 and right away, he made his presence felt.
Besides returning a kickoff and a missed field goal one week later, the former San Diego Torero also made several impact plays on offense, including but not limited to a 66-yard touchdown run against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11.
Even though Agnew didn't have a touchdown on special teams last year, he often gave Jacksonville a favorable field position and added 187 receiving yards with three touchdowns on 23 receptions.
Agnew's ability to moonlight as an offensive weapon makes him an invaluable contributor but it's hard to tell if the Jaguars are willing to give top-market compensation to a returner when you take into account that other players might be higher on their priority list.