As free agency looms, a look at what Jaguars need to do to improve

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II (12) sets up to block during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bears placed the franchise tag on star receiver Allen Robinson on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 setting up a potential messy situation with their most consistent playmaker on offense. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) (Phelan M. Ebenhack, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – NFL free agency is almost here.

The new league year opens on March 16 at 4 p.m., which will trigger the avalanche of free agent signings across the league. The Jaguars are in need of an infusion of talent after last year’s 3-14 disaster. The teams has nearly $60 million in salary cap space, according to, and are expected to address some of their needs in free agency.

Players who have been franchise tagged can still be traded.

Jaguars free agents

LB Tyrell Adams (re-signed with Jaguars)

LB Dakota Allen

WR Tavon Austin

DL Taven Bryan

OG A.J. Cann

WR DJ Chark

WR Terry Godwin

DL Adam Gotsis

CB Tre Herndon

TE Jacob Hollister

CB Nevin Lawson

DE/OLB Lerentee McCray

OG Andrew Norwell

RB Dare Ogunbowale

TE James O’Shaughnessy

OG Will Richardson

OT Cam Robinson (franchise tag)

LB Chapelle Russell

OG Tyler Shatley (re-signed with Jaguars)

WR Laquon Treadwell

DE Jihad Ward

LB Damien Wilson

S Andrew Wingard

Top 4 Free agents by Position


Jameis Winston, Saints

Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos

Mitchell Trubisky, Bills

Marcus Mariota, Raiders

Jaguars outlook: The Jaguars won’t be big players in the free-agent QB market. If they have any interest in a quarterback this offseason it will be to compete with CJ Beathard for the veteran backup role. Maybe a guy like Jacksonville native John Wolford.

Running back

Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons

Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers

Chase Edmonds, Cardinals

Melvin Gordon, Broncos

Jaguars outlook: With James Robinson and Travis Etienne on the roster the Jaguars have the top of their depth chart set. Both players should be recovered from their injuries and ready to hit the field for training camp. Even with that in mind, it would be a smart move for the Jaguars to add a little depth and insurance in case of a setback. They could do that with a veteran free agent like Corey Clement (played for Pederson in Philly and the forgotten man on the Philly Special) or with a late-round pick in the draft.

Wide receiver

Davante Adams, Packers (franchise tag)

Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (franchise tag)

Allen Robinson, Bears

DJ Chark, Jaguars

Jaguars outlook: This is a position of need for the Jaguars. In the 2022 NFL, there is no such thing as too many weapons on offense. D.J. Chark is a free agent and if the Jaguars are unable to bring him back that further weakens a position that could already use some upgrades. The WR market was expected to be robust, but injuries have thinned it out some. With Adams and Godwin both getting tagged and Mike Williams signing a long-term contract the top player on the market is Allen Robinson. Bringing Robinson back to where his NFL career started would be a popular move among the fan base. The Jags should look to retain Chark and add a player like Christian Kirk or Juju Smith-Schuster.

Tight end

Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (franchise tag)

Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (franchise tag)

Zach Ertz, Cardinals

David Njoku, Browns (franchise tag)

Jaguars outlook: Dan Arnold proved in 2021 that he is a solid starting option. With a tight end, that doesn’t mean the Jaguars couldn’t look to upgrade the position. Both Schultz and Gesicki would add considerable punch to the Jaguars passing attack. A guy like Zach Ertz may be on the tail end of his career but can still play. He also played for Pederson in Philly so he would bring some familiarity to the offense.

Offensive tackle

Terron Armstead, Saints

Orlando Brown Jr., Chiefs (franchise tag)

Duane Brown, Seahawks

Trent Brown, Patriots

Jaguars outlook: With the Jaguars tagging Cam Robinson for the second year in a row they are likely out of the market for any of the top free-agent tackles this year. That move may be directly tied to how they view the NFL draft. With the No. 1 overall pick, the Jaguars could use that to select Evan Neal Ikem Ekwonu, or they could be leaning towards a pass rusher.

Offensive guard

Brandon Scherff, Commanders

Laken Tomlinson, 49ers

Connor Williams, Cowboys

James Daniels, Bears

Jaguars outlook: The offensive line is set to get a big remodel. Andrew Norwell and AJ Cann are both set to be free agents. Cann would make sense for the Jaguars to retain, but Ben Bartch showed last season he can be an NFL starter. The Jaguars could look to spend some of that cap space on a guy like Scherff or Tomlinson. Any money spent here is an investment in giving Trevor Lawrence a pocket to step into.


Ryan Jensen, Buccaneers

Ben Jones, Titans

Brian Allen, Rams

Matt Paradis, Panthers

Jaguars outlook: Brandon Linder has played well when healthy but injuries have sidelined him over the past few years. Linder is heading into the final year of his contract. The Jags should let Linder play out his contract in 2022. Tyler Shatley has provided some solid depth and has already re-signed with the Jaguars.

Interior defensive line

Akiem Hicks, Bears

Calais Campbell, Ravens

B.J. Hill, Bengals

D.J. Jones, 49ers

Jaguars outlook: No major needs on the inside of the defensive line. The addition of Roy Robertson-Harris and Malcom Brown last offseason proved to be solid. A reunion with Campbell would definitely make many fans happy.


Chandler Jones, Cardinals

Von Miller, Rams

Jadeveon Clowney, Browns

Harold Landry III, Titans (re-signed with Titans)

Jaguars outlook: Similar to offensive tackle the way the Jaguars look at the position, this will be tied to how they look at the NFL draft. If they plan to select Kayvon Thibodeaux or Aidan Hutchinson at No. 1 overall, they likely won’t be major players at the position. But if they favor Evan Neal then the Jaguars should plan to open their checkbook and make a run at Chandler Jones. Jones almost single-handedly beat the Titans in Week 1 last season. In an interview with ESPN Jones said his favorite team growing up was the Jaguars and he used to say “one day I’m going to be a Jacksonville Jaguar.” It would make sense for the Jaguars to try and make his childhood dream come true.


De’vondre Campbell, Packers

Dont’a Hightower, Patriots

Alexander Johnson, Broncos

Leighton Vander Esch, Cowboys

Jaguars outlook: Last year’s starting linebacker Damien Wilson is set to be a free agent. With the changes to the coaching staff, it would be a surprise if the Jaguars looked to fill that starting role with a new face. Alexander Johnson would be an intriguing option to add. A name that makes sense from a depth perspective is Kevin Minter. Minter played for Mike Caldwell in Arizona and Tampa Bay.


J.C. Jackson, Patriots

Stephon Gilmore, Panthers

Carlton Davis, Buccaneers

Darious Williams, Rams

Jaguars outlook: The Jaguars are set at outside cornerback. Rudy Ford played well in the slot late in the season, but the Jaguars could look to upgrade the position. Bryce Callahan is one of the top slot corners in the league. Injuries have slowed him down, but he may be worth the risk for the Jaguars. Williams is a former Creekside High School star who played opposite Jalen Ramsey in Los Angeles.


Marcus Williams, Saints

Jessie Bates III, Bengals (franchise tag)

Tyrann Mathieu, Chiefs

Quandre Diggs, Seahawks

Jaguars outlook: No pressing need at safety after signing Rayshawn Jenkins and drafting Andre Cisco last season. If the Jaguars are looking for veteran depth to provide some competition at the position a guy like Rodney McLeod would make sense. McLeod played for Pederson in Philly.

About the Author:

Jamal St. Cyr is an award-winning sports anchor who joined the News4Jax sports team in 2019.