Predicting the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 5 Biggest Free Agency Moves
Jacksonville Jaguars Need To Make Big Move In Free Agency
The Jacksonville Jaguars have only won six games in the past two seasons. The good news for the Jaguars, however, is that the team can improve through free agency and with the third-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The needs for Jacksonville are almost overwhelming to analyze. The organization will look to secure a quarterback early, and the aging Chad Henne will potentially find himself as a mentor to Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater. Henne may have thrown more touchdowns if Justin Blackmon was able to stay out of trouble, but the lack of a playmaker at quarterback has been what has held the Jaguars back the past several seasons. Ace Sanders is a very exciting young offensive weapon that can catch and rush the ball, and Cecil Shorts III can become a consistent option for a young quarterback if he can stay healthy.
While signing a quarterback is essential in this draft, the Jaguars desperately need to address the running back position. It appears that Jacksonville and Maurice Jones-Drew will part ways very soon, and a replacement will need to be signed quickly. There are too many positions that need to be filled through the draft to use an early pick on a running back, and the best option for a replacement will be in free agency. The Jaguars have some salary cap room to play with, and they should be aggressive in signing a pass-catching back.
Once the needs of the offense have been addressed, the Jaguars will need to find players in free agency who can help improve one of the worst defenses in the NFL. If the Houston Texans decided to take Manziel with the first pick, Jadeveon Clowney may still be available for Jacksonville. This would create a very interesting scenario, but it would make more sense to fill some of the defensive needs that Jacksonville has through free agency.
Jacksonville has a long road ahead of it, but this could be the year that it starts to turn things around.
Here are my predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars' five biggest free agency moves.
Knowshon Moreno would be a great edition to Jacksonville because of his blocking and pass-catching ability. With the potential that Jacksonville will have a rookie quarterback, Moreno would be an excellent option for short dump off passes if the young signal caller finds himself in trouble.
Everyone in the NFL has waited for Darren McFadden to finally play a full season, but that never happened with the Oakland Raiders. It is risky to sign McFadden to any sort of deal, but Jacksonville could hit the jackpot with this free agent. McFadden rushed for 1,157 yards and had 507 receiving yards in 2010, so if the Jaguars can sign this McFadden, be prepared for a new powerhouse team in the NFL.
The Jaguars need a physical receiver to compliment the speed of Ace Sanders and Cecil Shorts III, and Kenny Britt would become a reliable target for a young quarterback. Britt has already stated his confidence in himself for 2014, so the Jaguars need to make an effort to sign this receiver.
The defense needs to improve immediately, and signing Brian Orakpo would instantly improve the weak defense of the Jaguars. With 10 sacks in 2013, Orakpo would help the Jaguars become more competitive and help the defense to keep the score low.
Even though Jared Allen isn't getting any younger, he was still able to have 11.5 sacks and 52 total tackles in 2013. Signing Allen would allow the Jaguars to address other areas of concern in this draft.