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Jaguars are “heavily interested in free agent quarterback market”

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to gather all the help they can get to challenge Blake Bortles and find a quarterback — and that includes looking at a veteran quarterback in free agency.

According to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, the Jaguars were singled out as one of two teams in win-now mode and want a veteran backup to push the starter.

It makes a lot of sense to grab a veteran free agent and draft a guy in one of the first two rounds. Bortles was signed to a very obvious bridge deal that displays some confidence, but not “this is our franchise guy” confidence and only having a rookie push him — especially a Day 2 guy like Mason Rudolph whom they’ve been linked to — wouldn’t create a true quarterback competition.

The only problem? There aren’t a lot of candidates. The crop isn’t strong or young this year, with guys like Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon, and Case Keenum leading the pack of veterans willing to come in and be paid “compete for starter” money. Josh McCown could come in and compete, but are they really going to go after a 38-year-old?