The Jacksonville Jaguars will be players in free agency.
That’s what head coach Jack Del Rio told a group of season-ticket holders this past Wednesday at the team’s “Evening with the Coaches” event.
“(Owner) Wayne (Weaver) made very clear he is going to be a player going into the free-agent market,” Del Rio said. “We also believe until we have established ourselves, we’re going have to use free agency to fill some holes.”
Just exactly how big of a player the Jaguars will be is up for debate.
The team’s needs are safety, linebacker, wide receiver and possibly defensive end, in that order.
If the Jaguars do swing for the fences and go after the top talent available that means the Jaguars could be looking at shutdown cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha or big time wide receiver Sidney Rice.
Rice is a possibility but it’s hard to envision the Jaguars getting into a bidding war for either of those elite-level free agents.
With that being said, I fully believe Del Rio when he says Weaver will open up his wallet for the second-tier of free agents.
To me that list includes:
- Jonathan Joseph, cornerback
- Ray Edwards, defensive end
- Stephen Tulloch, linebacker
- Antonio Cromartie, cornerback
- Eric Weddle, safety
- Paul Posluszny, linebacker
- Charles Johnson, defensive end
- Barrett Rudd, linebacker
- Quintin Mikell, safety
- Michael Huff, safety
Obviously there are others but I didn’t want to go overboard. The good news for the Jaguars is that their positions of need are not spectacular but fairly deep in this potential free agent class so the odds are pretty good that you’ll see the Jaguars look to acquire two or three starters once free agency does begin.
And while you probably won't see the team get that big-name free agent, there are plenty of higher-caliber plays that Jaguars will target.
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