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What the national media is saying about the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2020 free agent signings

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have been somewhat busy during the 2020 free agency period — bringing in a few new faces, re-signing some players of their own, making trades official and placing tenders on a couple of guys.

Here is a quick recap of the notable moves so far this offseason:

Update: Jaguars sign cornerback Rashaan Melvin to a one-year, $2.25 million deal. The team also signed veteran tight end Tyler Eifert to a two-year deal.

So, the Jaguars really only made one “splash” move in free agency by signing Schobert to a large contract. The team also filled needs with veterans such as Dennard, Woods and Gunter, but should continue to use free agency and eventually the NFL Draft to bolster positions of need.

What does the national media make of some of these moves, though? Let’s take a look at several opinions:

Joe Schobert

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  • While many Jaguars fans are rightfully excited about the Schobert addition — a strong presence in the middle that allows Myles Jack to play a more natural position on the outside — NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund disagrees. In her article, “2020 Free agency frenzy: 3 good moves, 3 head-scratchers,” Frelund listed Schobert’s lucrative deal as a “head-scratcher.”

Acquisition details: Jacksonville signed Schobert to a five-year, $53.75 million deal that includes $22.5 million guaranteed.

Yes, the Jaguars entered this week with a significant need at this position. Jacksonville’s linebacker production, in terms of win share, ranked dead last in my model last season. But this deal is head-scratching due to the price tag, especially considering all of the other needs the team still has to fill. Not to mention, Schobert doesn’t exactly excel in coverage, which is more important for NFL linebackers than ever before. Schobert’s body of work shows that his 2018 proficiency in coverage was an aberration. Overall last season, PFF ranked Schobert 50th of 84 linebackers (min. 300 snaps).

Now, to be fair, my model projects that the Jags’ system will fit Schobert better. However, giving him an APY of nearly $11 million — despite the fact that Jacksonville has serious questions at other defensive positions like corner and pass rusher — creates the potential for a low return on investment.”

It’s interesting Frelund notes his pass coverage as a detriment — we tend to disagree here at Big Cat Country.

A couple other media outlets are skeptical of the move, too:

Many other outlets saw this as a strong move for Jacksonville, however:

Darqueze Dennard

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“After shipping out Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, the Jaguars really need some help in their secondary. Dennard is the perfect kind of signing: he can play at a very high level if he can remain healthy. If he doesn’t, though, the Jaguars could be in a real mess. However, that risk is mitigated a bit by a deal that came at an affordable $13.5 million over the next three years.”


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Overall team grades for free agency:

What do you think of the free agency period for the Jaguars so far? There have not been a lot of big names signings outside of Schobert, but the team has been stocking up draft picks through trades and filling needs with veterans.


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