The Jacksonville Jaguars have spent big in free agency over the last few seasons and general manager Dave Caldwell is getting right back into it.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Jaguars are “in the mix” for guard Kevin Zeitler, cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive lineman Calais Campbell and safety Barry Church, “among others.”
#Jaguars appear in the mix on some top-level UFAs, including G Kevin Zeitler, CB AJ Bouye, DL Calais Campbell & S Barry Church, among others
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
According to Spotrac, the Jaguars currently have $73.9 million in cap space.
Undoubtedly, there’s a need at all of these positions. Zeitler would help an offensive line that finished 27th in adjusted line yards last season. Bouye would replace recently released cornerback Davon House and complement fellow corner Jalen Ramsey.
Campbell would likely play next to defensive tackle Malik Jackson, who was signed by Jacksonville during free agency last season, and the two could wreak havoc on the interior. Church would fill a hole at strong safety — a position Jacksonville has to address this offseason.
However, one would think that the Jaguars would be wary of free agency after the last few seasons. They’ve given money, not just to Jackson, but to House, tight end Julius Thomas and running back Chris Ivory, among others.
Caldwell seems to be taking his mistakes in stride and going right back out there. It’s a bold move, and the bar is low in the AFC South, but one thinks that ownership’s patience may wear thin if more endeavors into free agency produce more bad results.