The Jacksonville Jaguars, overall, had a good opening to the NFL free agency period for the 2016 NFL offseason. The team added a handful of good players to the defense in Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson and Prince Amukamara, as well as bringing in Chris Ivory on the offensive side of the ball. The team tried to add an edge rusher as well, but missed out on signing Olivier Vernon and Robert Ayers as we all know.
The Jaguars clearly aren't done in free agency, but realistically what's left out there for them for edge rushers?
Chris Long, 30: Long has visited quite a few teams since he was released by the Los Angeles Rams, but he's reportedly still mulling over offers. He's dealt with injuries and a drop in production, which has led many to speculate if he's "done" so-to-speak. I'm not sure he'd sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars and if he did, I'd hope it would only be a on a one-year deal.
Courtney Upshaw, 26: Upshaw would be an interesting player for the Jaguars in that he'd be a fit at SLB/LEO for the team. More known as a run defender, he was a pretty good pass rusher in college and might be better suited in a new rule than as an outside linebacker like he was in Baltimore.
Jason Jones, 29: Another inside/outside tweener pass rusher, Jones isn't really something more that the Jaguars need, but he can rush the passer on the edge.
Mike Neal, 28: Another player who was an OLB in a 3-4 who might fair a bit better with his hand on the ground. Neal has 18 sacks in the last four seasons as a part time player. He might fit as an SLB for the Jaguars as well.
O'Brien Schofield, 28: A familiar name who's been linked with the Jaguars before and who they did have interest in when the Arizona Cardinals released him a few years ago, but his knee worries a lot of teams which is why he's not gotten much more than short term deals.
Quinton Coples, 25: Coples was a pretty good 43 end in college and ended up being a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. He wasn't bad, but it didn't seem to make the most of his ability. The Jaguars passed on him when he was cut by the Jets last year, but in their current state he might be worth kicking the tires on and trying him with his hand on the ground.
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