Six free agents the Jaguars should pursue instead of Ndamukong Suh
TE Jordan Cameron
Jacksonville lacks dynamic play from the tight end position, and while Julius Thomas is available in free agency, Jordan Cameron offers better value. The former Pro Bowler is coming off a disappointing 2014 where he played in just 10 games, but when healthy, he’s proved extremely productive. In 2013 he caught 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Given his injury history, he won’t cost nearly as much as Thomas, which would allow Jacksonville to make bigger offers elsewhere. Cameron will provide second-year QB Blake Bortles with a big, fast, reliable target.
RB C.J. Spiller
The trade of LeSean McCoy to Buffalo leaves C.J. Spiller the odd man out there, but make no mistake: Spiller can help an offense. The 27-year-old played just nine games last season due to a broken collarbone but ran for 1,244 yards in 2012 and 933 yards in 2013. Denard Robinson has shown promise in Jacksonville, but Spiller would add a proven veteran to the mix and help take the pressure of Blake Bortles.
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CB Kareem Jackson
The Jaguars could use more talent at corner, and Kareem Jackson would provide a nice upgrade starting alongside Dwayne Gratz. Jackson, Houston’s first-round pick in 2010, made 57 tackles and intercepted three passes last season. He was rated the 11th-best cornerback in the NFL by Pro Football Focus last season and would go a long way towards strengthening Jacksonville’s secondary.
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RT Bryan Bulaga
The Jaguars gave up a franchise-record 71 sacks in 2014. Not good. It’s clear the offensive line needs improvement, and Jacksonville should be prepared to shell out big bucks to make that happen. One player worth that kind of financial commitment is Bryan Bulaga. The Packers are willing to let Bulaga test the opening market and the bidding for the soon-to-be 26-year-old will undoubtedly be steep, but this is a player who would provide stability and instant upgrade up front and serve as a mentor to Luke Joeckel.
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WR Randall Cobb
If the Jaguars are sincere about their commitment to building around Blake Bortles, they need to get him more weapons. Enter Randall Cobb. The 24-year-old is a big play waiting to happen. Last season, he caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and scored 12 TDs. Jacksonville's offense needs a jolt and Cobb can certainly provide it.
FS Devin McCourty
In a bit of a surprise, the Patriots elected not apply the franchise tag to standout safety Devin McCourty. That means, in all likelihood, he’ll hit the open market. When he does, he’ll become the top player at a thin free safety position. Other teams, including AFC South rivals Tennessee and Indianapolis also figure to be in the bidding, and McCourty’s twin brother, Jason, plays for the Titans. Neither team, though, has the financial resources available that Jacksonville does, so the Jaguars are in a position to make the best offer. McCourty made 68 tackles and intercepted two passes for the Super Bowl champs last season. Gus Bradley’s defense relies on strong play from the safety position. McCourty is a guy Bradley can win with.