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Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 Impending Free Agents Review

Demetrius Harvey

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Aug 25, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone and place kicker Josh Lambo (4) talk at mid filed during pre game warmups against the Atlanta Falcons at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL season officially coming to an end, the Jaguars will have many decisions to make. Thus, it is time to look forward to who the Jaguars should keep on the roster, and who they should simply let walk.

Although there are not many names on this list which would qualify as notable, there are still many of which have had some playing time either due to injury or because they were starters at some point.

The Jaguars currently have around 16 contracts which are set to expire at the start of the league year on March 14th. If they decide to, they could re-sign them prior to this deadline, or let each player test free and loop back around if their market is slim sometime after that date. The Jaguars have already re-signed veteran safety Jarrod Wilson to a 3-year deal prior to his contract expiring and becoming an RFA.

Free Agents

All but one of the pending free agents for the Jaguars come via the offense. The only defender on the team slated to be a free agent is Tyler Patmon.

Of all their impending free agents, only a few are truly worthy of an extension immediately. This includes perhaps the most important free agent, Josh Lambo. For this reason, I have broken the group down into three categories: must retain, on the bubble, and let ’em walk.

Must Retain: 

K — Josh Lambo — Josh Lambo was signed during the 2017 season after the Jaguars grew tired of a struggling Jason Myers.  Luckily, that paid off and Lambo went on to nail 95% of his field goals in ’17 and 90.5% in 2018.

If I am the Jaguars, this is a no-brainer decision, and he should be paid nicely. Currently, Graham Gano is the highest paid kicker on a per-year basis at $4.25M per year. I expect the Jaguars to land Lambo somewhere between $4-5M.

Projection: 4 years $16 million 

TE — James O’Shaughnessy — The Jaguars have a decision to make with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and if that decision goes as many expect, they will need a replacement. O’Shaughnessy is not necessarily the Jaguars starting tight end long term, or even short term for that matter, however, depth is needed and he should be able to be re-signed for cheap.

The Jaguars can address the number one tight end position in the draft or via free agency if they would like. But cleaning house on every tight end in the room is simply out of the question.

Projection: 2 years $4 million

CB — Tyler Patmon — Patmon has been a staple within the Jaguars cornerback depth for a long time now. Although he is not a starter, he is valuable as a player on defense. Patmon played 22.6% of the Jaguars defensive snaps last season and has been a versatile backup for the Jaguars the past two seasons. The Jaguars will likely want him back as he can play both outside and inside as well as some special teams. Although the defensive backs group for the Jaguars is one of the most talented, the depth is still a question mark.

Projection: 2 years $6 million

C/G — Tyler Shatley — Although Shatley may not be a starter either, the depth at the center position is completely barren. Besides Brandon Linder, the Jaguars have no other options at center as Chris Reed will become a restricted free agent.

Shatley at the very least has provided some depth at the position and while Brandon Linder is very good, he is also very injury prone. Linder has missed a total of ten games the past two seasons. Bringing back Shatley will ease the mind of the Jaguars brass as they will not feel the need to force a pick at center during the 2019 draft. If any offensive lineman is brought back to the team for next season, it needs to be Shatley.

Projection: 2 years $5 million


On the Bubble:

T — Ereck Flowers — Flowers was initially brought in by the Jaguars after being released by the Giants in week six of the regular season. Although he came in with very low expectations the tackle actually held his own reasonably well. The Jaguars could use some depth at the position with Josh Walker, and Josh Wells also slated to be free agents.

If the Jaguars can retain Flowers on a reasonable short-term low pay deal, then they likely will at the very least have a potential swing tackle to replace injury-prone Josh Wells with.

Reasonable new contract: 1 year $2 million

WR — Donte Moncrief — Moncrief is an interesting free agent for the Jaguars. Last offseason they signed him to a one-year $9M contract and he certainly did not live up to it. However, Moncrief finished the season with 48 receptions, 668 yards, and three touchdowns. Although those stats are not overly impressive, given the Jaguars Quarterback situation is it worth debating whether or not he should stay.

If the Jaguars can somehow get Moncrief to sign for much less than what he originally accepted last season then they should do it. Moncrief will at the very least provide some depth to the receiver room in which will only include Marquise Lee (torn ACL), Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, and D.J. Chark at the moment.

The likely situation with Moncrief is he will walk in free agency and the Jaguars will address the situation in the draft.

Reasonable new contract: 2 years $10 million

T — Josh Wells — Josh Wells has served the Jaguars quite well over the past few seasons as a swing tackle, however, his level of play simply has not been acceptable. Quite frankly, the Jaguars might want to retain Wells, but they likely should not. Wells will be entering his fifth season with the Jaguars and the Jaguars may value his experience at the very least.

Reasonable new contract: 2  years $6 million

G/T — Patrick Omameh — Omameh is a familiar name to Jaguars fans as he was signed away from the team by the Giants during the 2018 offseason. Although his 2018 season with the Giants did not work out — as he was released by the team only nine weeks into the regular season — he was able to come back to Jacksonville and provide depth at both the guard and tackle positions. Omameh is not a household name, however, he would be appreciated depth if the Jaguars were to go ahead and re-sign him.

Reasonable new contract: 2 years $6 million

FB — Tommy Bohannon — The Jaguars seem to like what Bohannon brings to the table as far as punt protection as well as in the fullback role. Although the Jaguars will likely bring in some competition for him, do not be surprised if they bring Bohanon back on a 1-year deal to have some continuity in the running back room which will likely be fully revamped.

Reasonable new contract: 1 year $2 million

WR/PR — Jaydon Mickens — Mickens is set to become an exclusive rights free agent. What this means is the Jaguars hold all the cards here. Although Mickens is coming off of an unimpressive and injured season, the Jaguars might as well tender Mickens as there is very little reason not to do so. The ERFA tender will allow the Jaguars to retain Mickens for one final season as a player who will compete at wide receiver as well as punt returner.

Reasonable new contract: ERFA Tender (1 year deal)


Let ’em walk:

RB — Corey Grant — Corey Grant is probably one of the more unfortunate Jaguars free agents. Just a few months after signing a 2nd round RFA tender he, unfortunately, landed on IR with a reported lisfranc injury. Due to the nature of the injury and his inability to be an early down back, I do not see the Jaguars re-signing Grant.

Potential landing spots: Eagles, Bills, Jets

RB — T.J. Yeldon — Yeldon is going to get paid, somewhere. It just will likely not be with the Jaguars. Although he has never had a 1,000-yard season, Yeldon has proved to be a capable every-down back. Yeldon has accounted for 104 carries, 404 yards, and one touchdown last season. That does not look great as far as running back numbers go, however, his full career body of work looks better.

Over the course of four seasons, Yeldon has averaged a respectable four yards-per-carry. Some team will want to invest money into the 25-year-old running back. A change of scenery is needed for Yeldon and some team will want to pay him more money than the Jaguars would be willing to part with. Add on to this statement made by Tom Coughlin, and I believe Yeldon’s career in Jacksonville is effectively over.

Potential landing spots: Jets, Colts, Bills

RG — A.J. Cann — A.J. Cann has been the Jaguars starter at right guard for the past four seasons. Although he has had his ups and downs, I believe it is time for the Jaguars to move on. Simply put, Cann isn’t good enough to start anymore. He has been consistently beaten in the passing game and has been one of the reasons why the Jaguars have opened up so few holes on the right side of their offensive line.

Although the Jaguars will not want to pay Cann, it does not mean he won’t be paid somewhere else. He has been an ironman of sorts for the Jaguars missing only four games in his entire career. Two of those games were in 2018. Cann has shown flashes of improvement even early on this season, however, a change of scenery is needed.

Potential landing spots: Falcons, Raiders, Bills

TE — Blake Bell — Blake Bell was brought in as the Jaguars tight end depth dwindled. He was not able to really get on the field might to provide anything. The Jaguars will look to the draft or outside free agents to acquire more depth.

WR — Rashad Greene — The time has come for the Jaguars to move on from Rashad Greene. He has not been able to live up to his rookie season expectations and has not provided the Jaguars nearly enough at receiver to warrant re-signing.

T — Corey Robinson — Robinson was brought in as depth last season. The Jaguars will move on and acquire more capable depth this offseason.

T — Josh Walker — Walker was able to step in and play left tackle for the Jaguars after Cam Robinson and Josh Wells went down. Unfortunately, he allowed too many pressures to be considered as a re-sign priority.

K — Kai Forbath — Forbath will not be back with the Jaguars. He was brought in to replace an injured Josh Lambo, and although he did an admirable job in his position, the job is Lambo’s for the (hopefully) long term future.

LS — Matt Overton — Overton likely retires after this season. Although he has been able to replace Carson Tinker for the past two seasons, the Jaguars will move on.

G — Chris Reed — Reed has underperformed his entire career in Jacksonville and has routinely been beaten against the run and in pass protection. The Jaguars will finally need to move on even though Reed is a restricted free agent.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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NFLPA seemingly responds to Jaguars, Coughlin about the word ‘voluntary’

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May 26, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (center) looks on during organized team activities at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars today issued their annual state of the franchise address to fans and media alike. During the press conference, Tom Coughlin addressed the audience regarding the status of the football team. During his speech, Coughlin spoke about the player’s attendance to voluntary offseason workouts which began on Monday. Only two players were missing from the workouts — Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith –, and Coughlin’s message was clear when he stated: “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance – and quite frankly, all our players should be here.”

One statement which stood out by Coughlin was made directly afterward “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of the team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.” This statement creates a sort of cloudy vision of what exactly voluntary means which is why the NFLPA decided to issue their own statement on what voluntary means to them:

Listen. Everyone would love if the Jaguars had 100% attendance at these sort of voluntary workouts. There is no doubt that great strides can be made in all facets of the offseason, however, there is a reason why these workouts have been made voluntary. NFL players have been overworked, and collectively bargained with the NFL in an effort to limit the workload over the offseason in order to produce a better product on the field in the fall.

Whether or not Jalen Ramsey or Telvin Smith show up for the few-week period of voluntary workouts should have no impact. Both athletes have proven themselves over the years plenty of times. Jalen Ramsey works out with his father in Tennesee every offseason. This has no changed, nor do I expect it to anytime soon.

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Jacksonville Jaguars official 2019 NFL Schedule revealed

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Dec 31, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Fireworks are shot over the stadium after game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released all 32 teams’ schedules ahead of the 2019 NFL season. We can finally get a closer look at when the Jaguars will play each opponent. The Jaguars have one prime time game this upcoming season on  Thursday Night Football at home against the Titans (week 3). The Jaguars open up against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Jaguars lost to the Chiefs last season 30-14.

Earlier today the Jaguars announced they will be playing in London on November 2nd against the Houston Texans. Last season the Jaguars played in London on October 28th.

As for the Jaguars bye week, it will once again come directly after the Jaguars London journey which is to be expected as they have had a similar schedule the past two seasons. The bye week will occur during week 10 after their matchup against the Texans in London.

The Jaguars will be closing out the season at home for the first time since 2011. They play the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule:

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 8

Week 2: @ Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 15

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, September 19

Week 4: @ Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 29

Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 6

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 13

Week 7: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 20

Week 8: vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 27

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans (London), 9:30 a.m., NFL Network, Sunday, November 3

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @ Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 17

Week 12: @ Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 24

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 1

Week 14: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 8

Week 15: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 15

Week 16: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 22

Week 17: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 29

*All times are in EST

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REPORT: Jaguars claim former Cowboys guard Parker Ehinger

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Credit: DallasCowboys.com

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars have added former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Parker Ehinger off of waivers.

Ehinger spent the 2018 season with the Cowboys following two with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former 4th round pick in 2016 was traded to Dallas last preseason, but spent the majority of the season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in practice. He also tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus as a rookie in 2016.

The 6-6, 310 lb guard has played in six career games, starting in five.

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