UFA Primer

In this edition of the Jaguars free agent primer, we are going to focus on some unrestricted free agents that the Jacksonville Jaguars could and should have some interest in. Many NFL insiders expect a weak unrestricted free agent class due to the issues with the current collective bargaining agreement, but we have targeted seven gems that you can find that won't break the bank.

Aaron Kampman - DE - Kampman is coming off of an ACL injury, which could lower his market price. Normally, a player like Kampmann when healthy would command money just below what Julius Peppers is likely to get, but the fact that he came off a down year playing out of position and an injury may make him a bargain. Kampman, if he checks out medically, can be that end on the other side of Derrick Harvey that the Jaguars are looking for.

Kyle Vanden Bosch - DE - Signing Vanden Bosch would be the equivelant of the Jaguars signing Tra Thomas and Torry Holt last offseason. He's a veteran who's got a year or so left in the tank, but he's still good enough to potentially free up other pass rushers on the line. Vanden Bosch shouldn't cost too much on the open market, but his name is big enough to satisfy the urge of fans wanting the Jaguars to make a "splash" in free agency.

Kevin Walter - WR - As it stands right now the Jaguars number two wide receiver is second year player Mike Thomas. While Thomas was productive, he did his damage out of the slot position as the number three wide receiver. Walter has been a productive second option in Houston for the last three seasons and he's a very hard worker. You might have to overpay a tad for Walter, but he could provide a viable option for the second receiver role for the Jaguars to compliment Mike Thomas and Mike Sims-Walker.

Chester Pitts - OG - It's no secret that the Jaguars will be looking to bolster the interior of there offensive line. There is talk that the Jaguars will move right guard Uche Nwaneri to either left guard or center, and swapping veteran guard Vince Manuwai to right guard. Pitts is a veteran offensive lineman who can plug that left guard position and allow Nwaneri to take over at the center position for struggling veteran Brad Meester. Pitts would be a similar stop-gap player like Tra Thomas was at the left tackle position, which would allow the Jaguars to bring in a rookie to compete for a starting role.

Derrick Burgess - DE - Burgess, like most of the defensive ends on this list, is another player would be a cheaper veteran patch at the right end position. Burgess will be 32 when the season starts, but he could be the patch for the edge rusher the Jaguars are looking for on the right side of the defensive line.

Keith Ellison - LB - Ellison is a younger linebacker that the Jaguars could bring in to compete with Clint Ingram and Justin Durant, both of whom the Jaguars are apparently not impressed with. Ellison should be on the cheaper side of free agency, but he is a young player who could potentially battle for a starting position on a team where it seems like two linebacker spots are up for grabs.

Sean Jones - FS - Jones has been a pretty productive safety for the last four seasons on both the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. Jones might not be on the cheap like a lot of the other players mentioned here as the safety free agent crop is slim, but he is a player who could become a long term starter at the position. Safety is clearly a position the Jaguars will look to upgrade and Sean Jones is a player who could compete and potentially start on this football team.


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