The Jacksonville Jaguars don't have a lot of free agents in danger of leaving the team this year, but there are a handful for whom there's a priority on re-signing.
But if you had to give one the most priority, who would it be?
ESPN's Mike DiRocco voted for defensive lineman Tyson Alualu ahead of next week's free agency period, saying:
Though he lost his starting spot when Red Bryant was signed last March, Alualu still had a decent season with 30 tackles, five quarterback hurries and two sacks. His primary responsibility is setting the edge in the run, so he's not going to have good pass-rushing stats.
I'd have to agree. Alualu was solid in 2014, providing versatility along the line and rotating in at nearly every spot. He can be re-signed on the cheap, which puts even more of a priority on keeping him on the team before another club can offer him even a moderately lucrative deal.
If not Alualu, the priority goes to Alan Ball. With veteran cornerback Will Blackmon's release, the Jaguars need Ball to fill out a top-three among cornerbacks with Aaron Colvin and Demetrius McCray. I'd also mention linebacker J.T. Thomas, who provides a lot of versatility for the Jaguars defense. Think of him as a "fourth linebacker" who can play outside, play the OTTO, and even take over at middle linebacker in a pinch.
Wide receiver Cecil Shorts III is, by all accounts, gone. He'll test free agency, but if the Jaguars sign a player like Randall Cobb, he could fall to No. 4 or No. 5 on the depth chart. I could see Shorts commanding more than he's worth in free agency.