Now that the Super Bowl has been decided, it means the offseason talk is going to ramp up quickly for teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars. Theyâ€™ve filled out their coaching staff, which included the hiring of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. We can now start looking at the roster and trying to figure out what the team is going to have in 2019 and what they could be adding and what positions theyâ€™ll want to be adding to.
You can read about the Jaguars salary cap situation right here for now, until the official numbers are released, thatâ€™s the best weâ€™ll get.
Next up, we will look at the defensive line group.
Players under contract in 2019:
Calais Campbell: Donâ€™t think we need to say much. His play didnâ€™t drop off at all in 2018 like some expected so I see no reason to think heâ€™ll still be an impact player in 2019.
Yannick Ngakoue: Despite his sack number dipping slightly, Ngakoue was still excellent rushing the passer and being disruptive in the NFL. Towards the end of the season he was Top 5 in the NFL in pressures.
Taven Bryan: The experiment with Bryan at defensive end went on a little too long and probably wasted his rookie season. When he moved back inside he was a lot more noticeable and disruptive, so hereâ€™s hoping he can do more of that in 2019.
Michael Hughes: I donâ€™t know much about him!
Lyndon Johnson: A late add in the season who flashed a little bit.
Potential cap cuts:
Malik Jackson: I think Jackson is as good as gone for the Jaguars and overall, they got what they paid for in free agency. Jackson was excellent his first two season in Jacksonville with some drop off playing a little hurt in 2018. His cap figure in 2019 was always likely the cut-away point and doing so saves you $11 million.
Potential free agent options:
I donâ€™t think the Jaguars go after any FA defensive lineman, but hereâ€™s some names of interest to me.
Ezekiel Ansah: Coming off injury so I donâ€™t know that he will be THAT expensive, but heâ€™s someone who would fit right in.
Romeo Okwara: An under-the-radar pass rusher whoâ€™s at the sweet spot for age in free agency.
Mario Edwards: Versatile defensive lineman who can play end or inside. Depth, more than anything.
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