The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't received the production from tight end Marcedes Lewis to match the five-year, $35 million deal he received in 2011; however, he has proven to be a solid target when healthy and could be a helpful outlet for a young quarterback. While he's an expensive player to keep for the 2014 season, Dave Caldwell doesn't sound like he wants to part ways with Lewis, which means the team will likely not want to pour more money into the position during free agency.
Returning Tight Ends
Marcedes Lewis, 29, $8.25M cap hit in 2014
Danny Noble, 24, $570K cap hit in 2014
Brandon Barden, 24, signed a futures contract in December
Departing Tight Ends
Clay Harbor, 26, UFA
Allen Reisner, 25, RFA
Potential Free Agent Targets
Dustin Keller, 29
Fred Davis, 28
Andrew Quarless, 25
Ed Dickson, 26
Garrett Graham, 27
If the Jaguars do elect to add a tight end to the mix, it would likely be a younger player that they could sign to a cheaper "prove it" deal. With that, the team could add a playmaker with potential that has a chance to develop into a solid addition to the offense.
That said, there are several good tight ends at the top of the 2014 NFL Draft class, including Jace Amaro, Eric Ebron and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. If the Jaguars hope to add playmakers to their passing game, there are enough wide receivers and tight ends in the draft this season to suffice without spending money in free agency.
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