Jaguars Free Agent Targets Part 1

The Jacksonville Jaguars will enter free agency loaded with cap room, cash and needs to fill. We will examine 10 players from the Scout.com/Fox Sports database and examine whether they would be good fits for the Jags. We begin with the players from 41-50.

Free Agent #41 - Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

The Jaguars could use another playmaking tight end but Fred Davis won't be that guy. Jacksonville already has too much money wrapped up in Marcedes Lewis to spend more at a non-premium position. Aside from that, the Redskins may very well place the Franchise Tag on Davis.

Free Agent #42 - Dashon Goldson, S, San Francisco 49ers

The Jaguars very well could make a run at Goldson as he had a Pro Bowl caliber season in 2011. Jacksonville has a need at safety, especially if they let Dwight Lowery walk in free agency. Goldson was one of the best free safeties in football last year as he had six interceptions and teamed up with Dawan Landry the Jaguars would have one of the best safety tandems in football. If they explore Goldson, he won't come cheap as he will likely get a minimum of $15 million guaranteed.

Free Agent #43 - Kyle Orton, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Although the Jaguars need a veteran backup quarterback, Orton may be a little too good to come to Jacksonville. What I mean by that is he is probably already better than starter Blaine Gabbert and he will cause a quarterback controversy. That would be fine if Orton was good enough to be worthy of the controversy but he's not.

Free Agent #44 - Sione Pouha, NT, New York Jets

Pouha was one of the best at his position last season and he would certainly add to the Jaguars depth. Unfortunately, the Jets will not let him walk in free agency and the Jaguars don't have enough need at the position to justify what he will get paid.

Free Agent #45 - Jason Jones, DE/DT, Tennessee Titans

Jones is a nice player but the Jaguars have better players already on the roster. It's doubtful that they would entertain signing him.

Free Agent #46 - Broderick Bunkley, DT, Denver Broncos

It's unclear if Bunkley is better than Nate Collins or Leger Douzable. The Jaguars will likely pass.

Free Agent #47 - Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants

One of the heroes of Super Bowl XLVI will likely get paid by someone next month, but I'm not sure if Jacksonville will be that particular someone. Manningham would certainly represent an upgrade at wide receiver, as would most players but he isn't a number one receiver and the Jaguars will not pay him like one. If the market cools for him after the first week, then expect Jacksonville to be a player.

Free Agent #48 - Andre Carter, DE, New England Patriots

Andre Carter seems to be worth more in New England than anywhere else, but he should get paid some legitimate money following a 10 sack season. Carter has age working against him as he'll be 33 before training camp and it's doubtful that the Jaguars would go the veteran route at defensive end especially considering his broken leg and the issues they've had keeping Aaron Kampman healthy.

Free Agent #49 - Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne, like most available receivers would represent an upgrade in Jacksonville. The team knows exactly what he can do as he's torched them over the years but at 33 years old his best days are behind him. Wayne would be in play assuming he comes in at a solid price but don't look for the Jags to spend in the eight figures of guaranteed money on him. They simply aren't one player away.

Free Agent #50 - Demetrius Bell, OT, Buffalo Bills

The Jaguars have plenty of their own mediocre to subpar offensive tackles on the team and it's doubtful that they'd spend money on Bell who likely isn't a starter.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering 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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