The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t have many pending free agents that are vital to their success heading into the 2018 offseason. The list basically includes wide receiver Allen Robinson, who could end up franchise tagged, and cornerback Aaron Colvin. While it’s hard to see the former not being back with the Jaguars, on the flip side it almost seems like a given that Colvin will be wearing another uniform in 2018.
While I don’t think it’s because the Jaguars can’t afford to keep Colvin and their secondary together, as they could really make it work if they had to, but I don’t think the Jaguars want to make that work. That’s not a dig at Colvin either, who is very likely to get paid on the open market, deservedly so.
On the Jaguars side however, I think they’ll offer him what they think is a fair market offer, but once the proverbial flood gates to free agency open in mid-March, it may look like a cursory offer.
On the Jaguars Colvin won’t be more than a nickel corner, as the Jaguars have two Pro Bowlers on the outside, but for another team he could get a chance to show he’s capable of being more than just an inside player. The Jaguars have a few areas they’ll likely want to focus their cap space on this offseason, such as the aforementioned Robinson and the offensive line.
Colvin will be the first quality player the Jaguars had to make the tough decision to walk because of financial reasons in quite a while. It’s a weird feeling, but I think it’s one we’re going to get used to the next few seasons.