Jaguars Offseason Blueprint

Updated: Aug 2, 2019


Photo Courtesy of Pat Pryor


Written by: Patrick Pryor


Just a few plays short of going to the Super Bowl in the 2017-18 season the Jags had a good start to the ensuing season, opening with a win against the Giants and then defeating the reigning AFC champion Patriots by 11. It would be their only consecutive wins of the season. After starting out 3-1, Blake Bortles failed to win for the next 6 games, throwing 13 touchdowns and 10 picks through week 12. Finally, Doug Marrone put in Cody Kessler, who beat the rival Colts (a playoff team) 6-0. Jags fans’ hope for a strong finish was quickly dashed the next week after losses to the Titans and Redskins. Bortles retook the field after one of the worst plays in NFL history. Facing almost no pressure, with a man wide open on the screen, Cody Kessler let the ball slip out as he wound up to throw. Bortles recovered and led them to their 5th and final win of the season. Their defense didn’t take too much of a step back, allowing the NFL’s 4th best 19.8 points per game. Their offense, however, scored just 15 a game, 31st in the NFL, ahead of only the 13-3 Arizona Cardinals. Many people picked them to contend, if not win the Super Bowl, but Marrone and Bortles let them down.


Available Salary Cap Space: -$4,316,311


Free Agents

UFA

Donte Moncrief, WR

Corey Grant, RB

TJ Yeldon, RB

Tyler Shatley, C

AJ Cann, RG

Josh Wells, LR

Patrick Omameh, LG

Matt Overton, LS

Tommy Bohanon, FB

Ereck Flowers, LT

Blake Bell, TE

Rashad Greene, WR

Corey Robinson, LT

Tyler Patmon, CB

Josh Walker, LG

James O’Shaughnessy, TE


RFA

Chris Reed, LG


ERFA

Jaydon Mickens, WR


Potential Cap Casualties (Bold = Dead Money, Italics = Cap Gain)

Blake Bortles-QB($16.5 mil)($4.3 mil)

$5 Million signing bonus, $2 Million roster bonus

Tashaun Gipson-S ($1.6 mil) ($7.5 mil)

$800,000 signing bonus, $1 mil roster bonus

Marcell Dareus-DT ($0)($10.5 mil)

$2 mil roster bonus, $250,000 workout bonus

Calais Campbell-DE($5 mil)($9.5 mil)

$2.5 mil signing bonus


*All figures for cap purposes are taken as pre-June 1st, unless otherwise stated. All cap figures courtesy of Overthecap.com, unless otherwise stated*


Team Needs

  • Quarterback

  • Wide Receiver

  • Pass Rusher

  • Safety

  • Interior O-Line


Draft pick Allotment

  • 1st Round #7

  • 2nd Round #6

  • 3rd Round #5

  • 3rd Round #36(From LAR)

  • 4th Round #7

  • 6th Round #5

  • 7th Round #7

  • 7th Round #22(From BAL)


Mock Offseason

Players Re-signed

Jarrod Wilson, S

Josh Lambo, K

AJ Cann, RG

Corey Grant, RB

James O’Shaughnessy, TE


Cap Casualties

Blake Bortles, QB

Calais Campbell, DE


Trade

Jets receive: 2019 1st round pick (7th overall), Carlos Hyde

Jaguars receive: 2019 1st round pick (3rd overall), 2019 5th round pick (140th overall)

Raiders receive: 2019 3rd round pick (69th overall), 2020 6th round pick

Jaguars receive: Karl Joseph, 2019 5th round pick (141st overall)


Free Agent Targets

Nick Foles, QB (PHI)

A match from the football gods? The team who was a few plays from beating Tom Brady signing the man who beat them in the Super Bowl. It is easy to see happening. With a Blake Bortles trade looking imminent, the Jags look like they will go for Nick Foles. A proven playoff quarterback has a chance to function with a new team, the odds could be in his favor.


Trent Brown, OT (NE)

Possibly the best offensive tackle free agent, Brown can play both sides of the line, protecting Brady’s blindside in the Super Bowl. With a breakout year he won’t be cheap, but could possibly be a huge pickup, this time protecting Nick Foles and making lanes for Leonard Fournette.


Randall Cobb, WR (GB)

With the expensive and declining Donte Moncrief most likely leaving, Randall Cobb brings a proven aspect to a young, unproven team. No matter who is taking snaps for Jacksonville next season, Randall Cobb can provide a safe option on numerous plays.


Mock Draft

1st Round, 3rd overall (From NYJ): Dwayne Haskins, QB (Ohio State)

2nd Round: Marquise Brown, WR (Oklahoma)

3rd Round: Traded to OAK for Karl Joseph and 141st overall pick

3rd Round: (From LAR) David Dowell, S (Michigan State)

4th Round: Isaiah Prince, OT (Ohio State)

5th Round: (From NYJ) Gary Jennings, WR (West Virginia)

5th Round: (From OAK) John Cominsky, DE (Charleston)

6th Round: Elijah Holyfield, RB(Georgia)

7th Round: Ross Pierschbacher, OG (Alabama)

7th Round: (From Baltimore) Corey Ballentine, CB (Washburn)


Keep a lookout for more offseason blueprints as we get closer to the start of the new league year!