The Jacksonville Jaguars might be in the market for some depth at defensive end when free agency comes around. After all, a deal with Yannick Ngakoue isn’t done and the only other pass rusher on the roster behind Josh Allen is Dawuane Smoot.
Smoot had a decent season last year, but the team still needs more bodies at defensive end.
And then the Atlanta Falcons decided to Atlanta Falcon yesterday — announcing more than a month ahead of time that they wouldn’t be pursuing negotiations with former first round pass rusher Vic Beasley.
BREAKING NEWS: We will not pursue negotiations with Vic Beasley this offseason. https://t.co/AWbxv1SiGi— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) February 3, 2020
Okay, very weird (and kind of petty?) but it’s another talented pass rusher added to the free agency mix. Should the Jaguars go after Beasley or not?
Why the Jaguars should go after Vic Beasley
As I said before, the Jaguars have very little depth at the edge rusher position. It’s Yannick Ngakoue, Josh Allen, and Dawuane Smoot. If Beasley could be signed to a deal that’s around $8 million per year, he’d be a good addition to a unit that doesn’t know whether it’s keeping its most experienced player in Ngakoue yet.
Why the Jaguars shouldn’t go after Vic Beasley
Coming into the final four games of last season, Beasley had just 4.0 sacks and looked to be finishing the year with the fourth season of his five-year career under 5.0 sacks. But then a multi-sack game against the Carolina Panthers propelled him to where he finished.
Sacks come in bunches, sure, but I’m not banking the amount of money Beasley would command on that. Besides, Smoot showed he turned a corner last year. I’d be putting whatever effort I would expend on Beasley into re-signing Ngakoue and having edge rusher — a premium position in the NFL — consist of a core of guys you evaluated and you drafted.
What do you think? Should the Jaguars see if Beasley can be had at a moderate price tag? Or should they just focus their attention elsewhere? Let us know in the comments below!