The NFL combine is underway which brings an exciting time for all avid football fans–regardless of who they root for. Many people will enjoy the combine weekend as scouts and NFL personnel look for that next “Diamond in the Rough” to shoot up draft boards. With the coming of the combine, it’s just another event on the NFL offseason schedule that will soon pass, but not without bringing the excitement to many fans that come with free agency which is quickly approaching.
Jaguar fans must be some of the most excited people looking toward free agency, and rightfully so. The Jags are one of a few teams that experts consider needing upgrades in a majority of the positions on the football field. While this may be true, fans have no need to fear, as the Jaguars, financially, are in one of the best spots to be out of any NFL team this offseason. While numbers will vary depending on whom you listen too, the general consensus is that the Jaguars will have over $54 million in cap room. Fans have something to look forward too especially with the front office coming out this offseason and publicly stating they see free agency as a vital point where the Jaguars can improve in many areas.
While the Draft remains as GM Dave Caldwell’s number one tool to upgrade the team, he isn’t totally closed to free agency. One of the positions fans speculate the team will upgrade through free agency is the interior linemen. Starting at center, we all saw an emotional Brad Meester commit to his last few snaps of his 14-year career. It will be difficult for this team to replace a guy like Brad Meester both skill wise and personality wise around the community.
The Jaguars also need help at the guard position. Will Rackley is just not able to stay healthy and when he is healthy he isn’t very good. Rackley ended the season on the IR and his replacement, Jacques McClendon, was just a stopgap. On the other side of the line, Uche Nwaneri has had his bright moments and while the right guard position may be of least concern to Jaguars among the interior line, the Jaguars are still looking for someone who can consistently play well.
Here is a look at a few centers and guards the Jags may look at in Free agency.