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Jaguars free agency: Where do they go from here?

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With the free agency window open for just over two full days, where do the Jaguars stand and where can they go?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the most active teams during the 2014 NFL free agency period, at least in the volume of signings and amount of players they're bringing in for visits. The team has signed a total of six brand new players with a few more likely down the road on the way.

Let's recap what the team has done so far in free agency:

Jaguars signed Zane Beadles to a 5-year, $30 million deal with $12.5 million guaranteed.

In probably the most hilarious move of the year, the Jags traded Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers.

As expected, Jacksonville re-signed corner Will Blackmon to a two-year deal.

In another surprise move the Jags snapped up running back Toby Gerhart.

Jaguars singed Dekoda Watson to a three-year deal.

In the least surprising FA news since Red Bryant, the Jaguars signed Chris Clemons.

Jaguars added more depth to their defensive line with Ziggy Hood.

As expected, the Jaguars re-signed Jason Babin, who opted out of his deal before free agency.

Overall, the Jaguars have re-vamped their defensive line by not only adding depth but also adding new starters that should be significant upgrades. The team has also put themselves in position to realistically go any direction with the No. 3 overall pick now.

On the free agent front, a source tells me that the Jaguars won't be in the running for Alex Mack. This is likely due to the fact that it would take about $20 million in the first two years to pry him away from Cleveland. I would expect that the Jaguars continue to look for another starting caliber interior offensive lineman, likely a center, and a mid-level wide receiver. Another source tells me Emmanuel Sanders is still in play, but with him taking other visits it's very likely that it's a money issue.

As far as the salary cap situation, I currently show the Jaguars with roughly $34 million in room, but that does not include the Jason Babin contract numbers which are not out yet. I'd guess his deal is structured similarly to how the team has structured their other deals, with a base salary around $1.5 million with a roster bonus in the $2-3 million range making his 2014 cap hit around $3.5-4.5 million which would put the Jaguars just under $30 million in room.

Update:

According to Over The Cap, Babin's deal is for 3-years and about $7.95 million with a cap hit of $3.1 million in 2014 in the way of $1 million base salary and $1.35 million roster bonus and what looks like some incentives, so his cap hit might actually be less overall. He has a $1.5 million base salary with an $850,000 roster bonus in both 2015 and 2016.

With the updated numbers I show the Jaguars with about $30 million in cap room.