The 2021 NFL Free Agency frenzy is about to get underway with the “legal tampering” period opening things up on Monday before the new league year officially kicks off on March 17.
This year’s free agent signing period in the NFL is going to be very fun to watch because of the league’s salary cap dropping all the way to $182.5 million, a substantial decrease from the 2020 salary cap.
The decrease in the cap for all teams has been causing a ripple effect of many veteran players (more than usual) being cut for cap purposes, but that could make the signing period all the more intriguing.
JJ Watt has already changed teams in free agency, going from the Houston Texans to the Arizona Cardinals.
Before anything happens in the 2021 NFL Draft, the NFL free agency frenzy will help us determine what might unfold in April.
Let’s take a look at one prediction for every team, including some bonus options for teams with the most cap space.
2021 NFL Free Agency Predictions: Jacksonville Jaguars
Bonus: Jaguars sign RB Aaron Jones
Extra bonus: Jaguars sign EDGE Jadeveon Clowney
The Jacksonville Jaguars figure to be quite active in free agency in the 2021 offseason, the first of the Urban Meyer/Trent Baalke era.
With Meyer coming out of retirement from the college ranks and Trevor Lawrence expected to be the number one overall pick, the Jaguars have a rare opportunity to build backward from their top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, likely knowing they are taking Lawrence at this point.
With that in mind, the Jags have to be active in adding some more weaponry on offense. Specifically, the tight end position needs to be addressed and it just so happens that this class of free agent tight ends is quite good.
Hunter Henry goes all the way from the West Coast to Duval county in this scenario, joining the likes of DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault in the Jags’ passing attack. He would be a great weapon for Urban Meyer to add with a rookie quarterback coming in.
In addition to Henry, the Jags bring in Aaron Jones even with the emergence of undrafted rookie James Robinson in 2020.
Jones has been one of the best three-down backs in the NFL over the past few seasons and on a second contract, he could be a huge player for the Jaguars to bring in and take pressure off of Lawrence.
As an extra bonus, I think the Jaguars are an intriguing fit for free agent Jadeveon Clowney. The Jaguars need pass-rush help, and Clowney is really in need of a career revival. He could find it playing on the opposite side of Josh Allen in Jacksonville.