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NFL free agency 2014: Jaguars unlikely to invest more money at TE

With Marcedes Lewis due a large amount in 2014, the Jaguars will likely avoid pouring more money into the tight end position.

Sam Greenwood

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.