NFL free agency 2014: Jaguars not likely to spend at WR

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars have a need to upgrade the wide receiver position, but it's more likely that the team will wait until the 2014 NFL Draft to add playmakers.

The wide receiver position of the Jacksonville Jaguars isn't the easiest to project for the 2014 season and the future beyond that, because it largely depends upon Justin Blackmon's return from suspension. Still, even with the 2012 first rounder in the lineup, the roster doesn't have any players over 6'1, with the exception of Stephen Williams, who hasn't recorded a reception since 2010.

Returning Receivers

Justin Blackmon*, Cecil Shorts III, Stephen Burton, Stephen Williams, Ace Sanders, Jeremy Ebert, Kerry Taylor, Lamaar Thomas, Chad Bumphis and Jabin Sambrano.

Departing Receivers

Mike Brown, 24, ERFA

Taylor Price, 26, UFA

Potential Free Agent Targets

Hakeem Nicks, 26

Eric Decker, 26

Jeremy Maclin, 25

James Jones, 29

Golden Tate, 25

The Jaguars have some emerging players at the wide receiver position with Cecil Shorts III, Mike Brown and Ace Sanders all looking like players with bright futures. However, the team can't exactly count on Blackmon to return and the team severely lacks receivers with length.

There are a few free agent options that could provide the team with a legitimate starter to pair with Shorts; however, the depth of the wide receiver class in the 2014 NFL Draft could dissuade the team from spending big money on the position. If they do add a player, it'll likely be a mid-level player like the signing of Mohamed Massaquoi in 2013. Expect the problems at the position to be addressed primarily through the draft.

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