5 Free Agents the Jacksonville Jaguars Should Re-Sign This Offseason
5 Free Agents The Jaguars Should Re-Sign
The Jacksonville Jaguars have several holes in their roster, but based on how they ended the 2013 season, there’s light at the end of the tunnel for the franchise.
The Jaguars managed to end the campaign with four wins in their last eight games and now enter the offseason with a lot of money to spend on the free-agent market. While it’s true that they have several positions to strengthen, they could re-sign some of the players who have expiring contracts with the team as they proved to be solid additions to the roster.
The fact that the players already know the system and the coaching staff is very important, and that gives them an edge over newcomers and rookies. The Jaguars could easily fill some holes through free agency on both sides of the ball, but they would be wise to patch things up first with five free-agents that should be brought back for another run in Jacksonville.
Among the listed players there is a dependable quarterback to bring stability to the backup role, two running backs – although one has more pedigree than the other – and players who also help on the defensive side providing leadership and talent. The price to pay for these players might be steep in some cases, but the truth is that GM David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley would make a strong move bringing these five components back to the team.
Without further ado, these are five free agents that the Jacksonville Jaguars would be wise to re-sign before the start of the 2014 season.
5. RT Austin Pasztor
Austin Pasztor was arguably one of the pleasant surprises of the 2013 season for the franchise. He was slotted as the RT after Eugene Monroe was traded to the Baltimore Ravens and was a very good option, forming a good tandem with Luke Joeckel as the tackles in the O-Line. If the Jags don’t find a tackle in the Draft, he should be brought back to start next year.
4. CB Will Blackmon
The cornerback struggled with injuries this season but managed to miss only one game throughout the campaign. Will Blackmon was signed to fulfill a specific role, and he so did quite nicely, providing leadership to a young defensive unit. The Jaguars appear to be set in their secondary based on what happened at the end of the year, but bringing Blackmon back would be a good move.
3. RB Jordan Todman
Jordan Todman backed up Maurice Jones-Drew when the star RB was sidelined this season and he produced. While it’s probable that he would hold only an RB2 role if he’s re-signed, he proved to be a viable option to have on the roster. If MJD decides to leave, Todman would be the first choice to replace him based on his knowledge of the offense. He should be brought back.
2. QB Chad Henne
Veteran QB Chad Henne started most of the campaign in place of Blaine Gabbert, and the Jaguars would be wise to bring him back. All signs are pointing to Jacksonville taking a QB in the upcoming NFL Draft, but Henne would be a solid backup signal-caller. He knows the system and proved that he was able to win with this team – something Gabbert has failed to do.
1. RB Maurice Jones-Drew
The star RB will reportedly be allowed to test the open market, but the Jaguars should bring him back if they have the chance. MJD has been the leader of this offense in the last few years – even leading the NFL in rushing yards back in 2011 – and he still has a few good years left in him so he would provide a steady, reliable option in the backfield for the Jags.