The Jacksonville Jaguars have plenty of heading space but need to use it properly.
1-12 Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of roster needs, so it would make sense for them to be active in the 2021 free agency period, as they’re expected to have $71.61 million in cap space, per Over the Cap. On the other hand, they have to make sure that they don’t overpay the players.
Bad teams normally have to overspend on big-name free agents to entice them to sign with them, but as tempting as it may be, the “Jags” need to set a budget and exceed it. Free agency will offer attractive options such as safety Anthony Harris and linebacker Lavante David, but they will surely demand higher compensation for their services.
Instead of overpaying in free agency, the Jaguars need to get their money’s worth. Let’s say they want to sign a free agency safety, instead of targeting Harris or Justin Simmons, they could ink New Orleans safety Marcus Williams of John Johnson III from the Los Angeles Rams, who might be cheaper while still offering a lot of value.
Linebacker Joe Schobert was the only impact free agent the Jaguars signed in 2020 and they did not have to pay retail for his services. These are the kinds of additions the brass team needs to make this year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars must avoid overpaying their pending free agents.
Left tackle Cam Robinsonwide receiver Keelan Colecornerback SidneyJones and defensive end Dawuane Smoot are all set to become free agents in 2021. All are strong contributors, but none of them are worth blockbuster contract extensions. The Jags should offer them fair market value without going out of their way to keep them. They have to find the right balance between underestimating them and overpaying them.
Also, this Jacksonville team doesn’t need to rely on free agency, just use it to fortify certain position groups and add depth. After all, they’ll have 11 picks in next year’s draft, and four of them will be in the first two rounds, so they’ll have more than one way to acquire impact players.
There are plenty of reasons why the Jaguars aren’t doing very well right now and not using free agency as a way to bolster their roster is one of them. That has to change in 2021 if they want to come out of the NFL basement and start winning games.