Jaguars Free Agent Targets Part 5

The Jacksonville Jaguars will enter free agency loaded with cap room, cash and needs to fill. We will examine 10 players from the Sports database and examine whether they would be good fits for the Jags. We finish with the Top 10 players on the board.

Free Agent #1 - Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

The Jaguars won't be a player in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes as they are hoping that Blaine Gabbert can be the long-term fix at the quarterback position. Just because they won't pursue Manning doesn't mean they shouldn't, as a healthy Manning would open up a window of opportunity for the Jags for about two or three years. Right now the window is sealed shut (and possibly nailed and boarded).

Free Agent #2 - Mario Williams, Houston Texans

It's unlikely that the Texans will franchise Mario Williams as their defense prospered without him at the end of last season. Jacksonville will certainly be a contender for Williams as he's an elite pass rushing defensive end who will command a large salary. The Jags have the cap room and there is probably no one better to use it on than Williams.

Free Agent #3 - Carl Nicks, New Orleans Saints

Although the interior of the line is a need it won't be the team's top priority. If Mario Williams or one of the elite wide receivers don't hit the market the Jaguars may very well pursue Nicks, the very best offensive guard in football.

Free Agent #4 - Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

The Jaguars already have Maurice Jones-Drew under contract.

Free Agent #5 - Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans

The Titans Pro Bowl cornerback plays with a nasty streak and that's the type of player that Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker likes. Although this particular database has Finnegan rated as the top available cornerback, it's not likely that the Jaguars pay him elite money as he's not an elite player at the position. Cornerback may be better served acquiring through the draft.

Free Agent #6 - Brandon Carr, Kansas City Chiefs

Brandon Carr will likely be a target for the Jaguars as he was solid in 2011 and he offers special teams return ability. Like Finnegan, Carr isn't an elite player at his position so the team likely will not break the bank.

Free Agent #7 - Cliff Avril, Detroit Lions

Cliff Avril is clearly the second-best 4-3 defensive end available in free agency and the Jacksonville native will likely receive a pretty hard look by the Jags. There are questions whether Avril's production was mainly due to the surrounding cast which includes Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Nick Fairley.

Free Agent #8 - Brent Grimes, Atlanta Falcons

Brent Grimes is a smaller cornerback that was the Falcons best player in the secondary over the past two seasons. Although he would fit in well in Jacksonville, Grimes isn't likely to hit the free agent market as he will be a priority for the Falcons to sign.

Free Agent #9 - Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Although Foster is spectacular, the Jaguars have Maurice Jones-Drew, the league's leading rusher.

Free Agent #10 - Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

See the description for Ray Rice and Arian Foster.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for 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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