Jaguars Free Agent Wish List

With free agency impending as the NFL owners and player near a new collective bargaining agreement, we discuss which free agents the Jaguars should have at the top of their list.

1. Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina Panthers

Jacksonville loves to sign free agents which appear to be ascending and Johnson had double-digit sacks on a defensive line last season in which he was the only viable player. At 25, Johnson has his best years ahead of him and would fill a major area of need.

2. Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers

Weddle represents perhaps the biggest area of need for the Jaguars at safety and the rangy safety could make an immediate difference. Weddle is clearly the best safety on the market.

3. Dawan Landry, S, Baltimore Ravens

Dawan Landry learned from one of the best in Ed Reed, and he's more of a strong safety type than a free safety. Landry would improve the secondary dramatically and likely won't break the bank.

4. Stephen Nicholas, LB, Atlanta Falcons

Stephen Nicholas is a solid tackler and Jacksonville native that would start from day one next to Daryl Smith. The versatile Nicholas can play in both a 4-3 and 3-4 and play inside and outside.

5. Barrett Ruud, MLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Barrett Ruud is a gritty, Jack Del Rio type of football player who makes tackles all over the field. Ruud has been productive in each of his four seasons as a starter and he's been known to make big plays.

6. Stephen Tulloch, LB, Tennessee Titans

It's no secret that the Jaguars would like to renovate their linebacking corps and Stephen Tulloch would be an addition by subtraction as his signing would weaken the Titans and upgrade the Jaguars corps.

7. Richard Marshall, CB, Carolina Panthers

Despite the public confidence the Jaguars have shown in Derek Cox, the truth of the matter is that Cox has disappointed in his nearly two seasons as a starter. Marshall would offer competition for the starting job opposite Rashean Mathis at best and serve as the Jaguars nickel cornerback at worst.

8. James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville has no real deep threat at wide receiver and James Jones can be just that. Although his hands have been shaky, Jones speed will keep defensive coordinators up at night if the Jaguars can find a quarterback who can throw the deep ball.

9. Kevin Burnett, MLB, San Diego Chargers

Kevin Burnett is intimately familiar with 3-4 defenses and could assist in the Jaguars "hybrid" plans for 2011. Burnett is an intelligent playmaker who had a career high six sacks last season.

10. Steve Smith, WR, New York Giants

The proposition of going into 2011 with a wide receiving corps of Mike Thomas, Jason Hill and Cecil Shorts as projected starters is scary. Steve Smith can find openings in any zone and has sure hands.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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