Plenty of new faces, big contracts on Jaguars roster

Baalke said Jacksonville entered free agency with a plan and stuck to it

Trent Baalke, General Manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars, looks on during a press conference introducing Doug Pederson as the new Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Stadium on February 05, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) (James Gilbert, 2022 James Gilbert)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars have added some new faces to their roster.

Wednesday’s NFL free agency officially kicked off and the Jaguars have been the league’s big spenders so far. The Jaguars signed Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, Evan Engram, Foyesade Oluokun, Darious Williams, Folorunso Fatukasi and Brandon Scherff.

Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said they came into free agency with a plan and were able to hit on the six target free agents that they targeted.

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The big free-agent addition to the Jaguars is Scherff. He will slide into the right guard slot, but more importantly coach Doug Pederson and Baalke called him a “culture setter.”

One of the focuses for Jacksonville this offseason has been to add weapons to the offense. They did that when they signed Kirk to a big deal. Many questioned if the Jaguars may have overpaid.

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“Supply and demand plays a factor when it comes to contracts. If he plays to the level of his deal and meets the incentives, then nobody would care about how much he makes because he’s playing well,” Baalke said.

Kirk’s play also seems to have included the Jaguars signing of cornerback Williams.

When asked about why they wanted Williams, Baalke tied it to Kirk.

“Just watch how he covered Christian Kirk,” he said.

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Williams played high school football in St. John’s County and won a Super Bowl last season with the Rams. Williams now gets to come home to represent the Jaguars. Baalke noted that Williams had more lucrative deals elsewhere but coming home was important to him.

With the busiest stage of free agency over the Jaguars will now start to turn their focus to the NFL draft. They own the No. 1overall pick but Baalke said they are “open for business,” when asked about the possibility of trading down.

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