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Jacksonville Jaguars favored to sign former All-Pro defender

By meerna Jul11,2024
Jacksonville Jaguars favored to sign former All-Pro defender

Heading into the 2024 NFL offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars had some clear needs. They were aggressive in free agency in an effort to address some of them.

The focus during free agency was on the trenches. The Jacksonville Jaguars upgraded both the offensive and defensive lines by signing Arik Armstead and Mitch Morse from the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills. Three draft picks were also used on linemen.

The team also revamped its wide receiver depth chart, with Calvin Ridley leaving as a free agent, signing with the Tennessee Titans. He will be replaced by Gabe Davis, Devin Duvernay and 2024 first-round pick Brian Thomas Jr.

With training camp just a few weeks away, the Jacksonville Jaguars appear to be quite strong on both ends of the ball. However, there is one more area of ​​concern: defense.

The team struggled against the pass last season, ranking 26th in yards allowed and 25th in passing touchdowns. Improving the pass rush will help lower those numbers, but the team’s defense also needs some work.

In free agency, they signed safeties Darnell Savage Jr. and Terrell Edmunds. Veteran cornerback Tre Flowers was also signed, but could use more help.

If the latest odds from one bookmaker are any indication, more help could be on the way. They’ve listed the Jacksonville Jaguars as the favorites to sign five-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro Stephon Gilmore.

Gilmore is one of the top free agents still available this summer, and he was solid for the Dallas Cowboys last season, proving he still has a lot left in the tank.

He started all 17 games for Dallas last season, playing in 94 percent of the defensive snaps, recording a team-high 68 tackles and 13 pass deflections, his most since 2019, when he won Defensive Player of the Year.

Relying on him as a No. 1 cornerback might be too much for him, but Gilmore is still a solid, reliable starter. Adding him opposite Tyson Campbell would help take this defense to another level.

By meerna

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