The Jacksonville Jaguars can officially start signing free agents at 4:00pm EST on Wedneday, March 14. Trades that have been agreed upon in principle will (likely) be finalized and the first tier of free agents will be scooped up quickly as their deals have already been verbally agreed to.
There are already a couple of surprise free agents the team has been linked with just a few hours into the legal tampering period — so let’s look at who would be some of the more surprising signings the Jaguars could finalize in a little less than 48 hours when free agency officially opens.
1. Drew Brees
The New Orleans Saints didn’t finalize a deal before the legal tampering window opened at 12:00pm EST so technically Drew Brees is free to talk with any team he wants — and he already has. The Minnesota Vikings have already inquired into how much Brees and his agent will be asking for.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if after all the hand-wringing over Kirk Cousins and letting Allen Robinson walk if the Jaguars took that money and offered a fully guaranteed monster of a contract to Brees? I don’t think it happens, but we also didn’t think Brees getting to legal tampering would happen either.
2. Sammy Watkins
This one is a bit more realistic and it has some teeth to it. Ian Rapoport said the Jaguars were “interested” in the Los Angeles Rams receiver and with Robinson on his way out already, going after a top-tier free agent receiver wouldn’t be a bad idea.
What makes this most surprising is I don’t think general manager Dave Caldwell really values wide receivers much anymore. It seems his offensive philosophy has changed drastically and he’s all right with a rookie like James Washington or Courtland Sutton leading a receiving corps that boasts Allen Hurns, Keelan Cole, and Dede Westbrook as the current top-three of the bunch.
3. Trey Burton
I thought this might happen as early as this morning, but with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers handing Cameron Brate a six-year, $40.8 million contract today with $18 million in guaranteed money, the tight end market is officially broken.
Burton is going to command a ton of money and it will be interesting to see if Caldwell goes after another tight end in his tenure that breaks the bank after failing hard on the Julius Thomas signing.
What do you think? Who are some other surprising free agents the Jaguars could sign?