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2017 free agency: What guards are available for the Jaguars to sign?

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With former first round pick Luke Joeckel likely hitting free agency this year, the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be in the market for a new guard. Never mind the fact that nearly half of you think Brandon Linder should move back to guard after a successful year at center.

That’s not going to happen, by the way.

So, who’s available for the Jaguars to spend big on and bring in to plus in that crucial left guard spot?

Here’s Spotrac’s full listing of all free agent guards in 2017:

2017 free agent guards

Name Age Team 2016 AAV Status
Name Age Team 2016 AAV Status
Luke Joeckel 25 JAC $5,300,400 UFA
T.J. Lang 29 GB $5,200,000 UFA
Brandon Fusco 28 MIN $4,850,000 UFA
Chance Warmack 25 TEN $3,041,663 UFA
Ron Leary 27 DAL $2,553,000 UFA
Chris Chester 34 ATL $2,350,000 UFA
Kevin Zeitler 26 CIN $1,886,050 UFA
Austin Pasztor 26 CLE $1,671,000 UFA
Tim Lelito 27 NO $1,671,000 UFA
Ted Larsen 29 CHI $1,650,000 UFA
Jermon Bushrod 32 MIA $1,500,000 UFA
Jahri Evans 33 NO $1,000,000 UFA
Chris Scott 29 CAR $840,000 UFA
Tom Compton 27 ATL $785,000 UFA
Larry Warford 25 DET $768,750 UFA
Vladimir Ducasse 29 BAL $760,000 UFA
Andrew Gardner 30 SF $760,000 UFA
Hugh Thornton 25 IND $683,845 UFA
Patrick Omameh 27 JAC $675,000 UFA
Oday Aboushi 25 HOU $589,750 UFA
Garrett Reynolds 29 DET - UFA
Manuel Ramirez 34 CHI - UFA

If Joeckel leaves for more money than the Jaguars are willing to pay him (and why wouldn’t he?) there are a few names on this list that could be big time targets for the Jaguars.

Kevin Zeitler of the Cincinnati Bengals is one. The 26-year old offensive lineman is viewed by many as the best guard set to hit the open market. He’s strong, he knows how to get to the second level, and he can help jump start an inconsistent run game here in Jacksonville. Just check out this film room piece we did on him.

T.J. Lang could be a backup option if Zeitler is re-signed by the Bengals or any other team is able to lure him away. The Green Bay Packers lineman is 29, so that’s older than ideal, but he’s still a tough, strong, and physical player who is a Pro Bowl talent.