The Chicago Bears are declining veteran guard Josh Sitton’s $8 million contract option for next season. He will become a free agent on March 14th, when the new league year starts and if you can recall, Sitton previously tested the free agent market just before the start of the 2016 season. He started 25 of the 26 games he played for the Bears, but his tenure was marred with rib and ankle injuries and a lack of consistency.
A former All-Pro, it would be shocking if he doesn’t find a suitor quickly. The league is suffering from an epidemic of poor offensive line play, and Sitton has proved his worth as an elite run blocker and adequate pass blocker.
That suitor should be the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sitton was the fifth-highest rated guard in the league, according to PFF. Additionally, he had an 87.2 run blocking grade and an 83.0 pass blocking grade. This contributed to an overall grade of 86.0. He is a clear cut upgrade over A.J. Cann and Patrick Omameh.
The Jaguars have an easy path to clear cap space, as detailed earlier on this site. It shouldn’t be a concern at all, especially if we fall short of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes. A short, incentive-laden deal should be the move if the Jaguars want to pursue Josh Sitton.
What do you think? Should the Jaguars go after Sitton or are Cann and Omameh fine options for the Jaguars at guard?