The Jacksonville Jaguars will have to go bargain shopping to move in 2019 NFL free agency, and these are three players they could target in that range.
The Jacksonville Jaguars‘ disastrous 2018 season has been well documented. Now, with a slew of needs and a cash-strapped salary cap, Dave Caldwell and Tom Coughlin will need to be creative in order to fill some needs before the 2019 NFL Draft.
Quarterback is by far the biggest need and, with that box seemingly checked given the Nick Foles rumblings, they can now shift their focus to other needs including an offensive guard, wide receiver and tight end.
Caldwell and Coughlin will be bargain hunting in 2019 NFL free agency come March 13 and these are three possible targets for the Jaguars’ management duo to look at.
3. Denzel Perryman, LB
Former San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman is looking for a change of scenery after missing 20 games in the last three season due to injuries. Perryman is a physical, hard-hitting linebacker that would slide into the starting role at middle linebacker, allowing Myles Jack to move back to the WILL spot.
This would be in the same mold the Jaguars used in 2017, putting a solid tackler in the middle, allowing the wildly athletic duo of Jack and Telvin Smith to roam the outside. Perryman shines most as a run stuffer, which would be a welcome addition to a Jaguars defense that ranked 20th against the run last season.
Jacksonville, and Smith specifically, missed far too many tackles in 2018, frustrating fans and letting ball carriers run wild after the catch or run. Perryman would help in this sense as well as being a much better fit in the MIKE role than Jack, who fits more naturally on the outside where he can wreak havoc with his speed.
If Caldwell and Coughlin are willing to take a gamble with Perryman’s injury history, the Florida native could be a great fit in Todd Wash’s scheme, one he is familiar with after playing with Gus Bradley for the last two seasons.