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Strengths of 2011 Free Agency Class Fit Jacksonville Jaguars’ Biggest Needs

July 26th, 2011 at 6:03 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

It has been well documented that the Jacksonville Jaguars desperately need an upgrade at safety and linebacker…and maybe even defensive end.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards (91) listens for the crowd's cheers after sacking New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the second quarter of their National Football League game at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, January 3, 2010. Giants tackle David Diehl (66) is at left. Minnesota won the game. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

So it should come as no surprise that the Jaguars will likely acquire a player at all three positions—at least safety and linebacker—when teams can officially sign free agents on Friday.

Fortunately for Jacksonville, all those positions of need are also positions of strength in this free agency class, meaning the Jaguars will have plenty of options to add quality starters on defense.

Safety is the team’s biggest problem area but there is a bunch of secondary depth in this free agency class. Eric Weddle (San Diego) is a headliner for safeties but there are plenty of other quality starters like Quintin Mikell (Philadelphia,) Donte Whitner (Buffalo,) and Michael Huff (Oakland.) Dawan Landry of Baltimore is also an option. All of these players would be a significant upgrade from what the Jaguars already have.

Linebacker is equally strong and deep with Paul Posluszny (Buffalo) and Barrett Rudd (Tampa Bay) leading the way.

And if the Jaguars do decide to add a pass-rush specialist, guys like Charles Johnson (Carolina,) Ray Edwards (Minnesota) and Jason Babin (Tennessee) would all be able to put a ton of pressure on opposing quarterbacks for the Jaguars.

With roughly $35 million to spend, the Jaguars will have plenty of cash to spend on a multitude of viable options to upgrade a porous defense

Tags: Charles Johnson, Dawan Landry, defense, Eric Weddle, Free Agency, free agent, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars

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