Jaguars’ robust free-agent calls; J.J. Watt endorses DeMeco Ryans for HC job

Inside GEHA Discipline at Arrowhead Stadium, Evan Engram stood in entrance of his locker within the visiting crew’s locker room. Reporters surrounded him. 

It was Saturday night time, after the Jaguars’ season-ending, divisional-round playoff loss to the Chiefs, and emotion crept into the veteran tight finish’s voice and facial features when discussing the affect Jacksonville has had on him. 

He wager on himself with a one-year deal and had the most effective season of his profession following a rollercoaster first 5 years with the Giants. 

“God showed up big time in my life this year,” Engram stated. “I don’t think it happens anywhere else.”

However will the Jaguars be capable of deliver him again, as he’ll be probably the most costly tight ends within the 2023 market? 

Engram highlights a protracted record of key starters and contributors Jacksonville should make selections on this free company, which begins with the authorized tampering window March 13. The record consists of veteran huge receiver Marvin Jones, proper sort out Jawaan Taylor, defensive linemen Dawuane Smoot and Arden Key, security Andrew Wingard and cornerback Tre Herndon along with Engram. 

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The Jaguars’ problem this offseason is to deliver again a lot of these gamers who keyed their shocking run in 2022 whereas nonetheless bettering a roster that has restricted monetary flexibility. Jacksonville is presently $13.9 million over the 2023 wage cap, which ranks twenty third within the league, in keeping with Over The Cap. The crew have to be underneath subsequent season’s wage cap by March 15. 

After all, the Jaguars might restructure a few of their largest contracts to succeed in cap compliance. Edge rusher Josh Allen, who’s scheduled to play underneath the fifth-year possibility in 2023, could possibly be prolonged to melt his $10.8 cap hit for subsequent season. However Jacksonville would not have any slam-dunk cap casualty candidates outdoors of cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who performed simply 5 video games in 2022 because of harm. The crew might launch him to create greater than $13.1 million in cap financial savings this offseason. Darious Williams’ emergence as an outdoor cornerback to pair with Tyson Campbell makes Griffin particularly expendable. 

It might make sense for Engram and Taylor to be on the high of the Jaguars’ record to re-sign. Each performed large roles within the Yr 2 leap made by QB Trevor Lawrence, who stated he’ll “100 percent” be vocal with the entrance workplace to deliver them (and others) again. Engram’s 766 receiving yards broke the franchise’s single-season document for tight ends, whereas Taylor had arguably his finest season at proper sort out. 

In his end-of-season press convention Monday, coach Doug Pederson stated he believes the Jaguars’ window of alternative is now. 

“Strike while the iron is hot, so to speak,” Pederson stated. 

How they assault free company may have a big affect on whether or not they efficiently make the most of it. 

Listed below are different ideas throughout the AFC South: 

Does J.J. Watt‘s endorsement of 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans assist his case for Texans HC?

The Texans, who’ve interviewed eight candidates for his or her head coach emptiness, are reportedly doing second interviews with not less than two of them this week: Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero and Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka. However Houston ought to maintain off on its choice till it may possibly do a second interview with 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans on Jan. 30 (due to San Francisco nonetheless being within the playoffs, set to play the Eagles within the NFC Championship Sport this weekend). 

After all, Ryans has coordinated among the finest defenses within the NFL the previous two seasons, a unit that is coming off holding an elite Cowboys’ offense to 12 factors within the divisional spherical. However he is additionally obtained a glowing advice from the now retired J.J. Watt, arguably the most effective participant in franchise historical past. Watt’s phrases needs to be held in excessive regard with the group. 

Watt and Ryans, 38, had been teammates with the Texans in 2011. 

“As a rookie in Houston, I bought my first house across the street from DeMeco because if Meco thought it was the right place to live, it was the right place to live for me,” Watt wrote on Twitter final week, in response to information that Ryans interviewed with Houston. “Captain, leader, smart, tough, personable, crushed it as [defensive coordinator]. … He will be a great head coach.”

Titans GM Ran Carthon’s intro presser reaffirms Mike Vrabel’s energy 

If Mike Vrabel’s energy with the Titans wasn’t apparent, it was made crystal clear within the introductory press convention final Friday for brand spanking new GM Ran Carthon.

Requested what his high precedence in fixing the crew is, Carthon stated constructing a relationship with Vrabel was on the head of his to-do record. Carthon steered additional questions searching for clarification about his view of roster-building to the significance of collaboration and being in lockstep with Vrabel.

Carthon could have simply been targeted on saying all the best issues. He is the beginner, with Vrabel already a longtime head coach. And there is apparent legitimacy, and a necessity, for the overall supervisor and head coach to sharing a imaginative and prescient. However Carthon’s phrases could possibly be construed as affirming Vrabel is the one in cost. 

“My No. 1 priority is spending more time with Mike Vrabel and learning the systems that are here in place and how I can help improve upon them and which will help us build a championship team,” Carthon stated, partly. “I can be the greatest talent evaluator of all time, but if I can’t bring Mike the players that he needs to fit his system, then it’s not going to work.”

The attraction in Carthon’s hiring is that he is a contemporary voice from outdoors the group and performed a key position in establishing the 49ers’ spectacular roster. Solely time will inform if he really has the facility to impart that have and be an equal to Vrabel and never simply play second-fiddle to him.

Ben Arthur is the AFC South reporter for FOX Sports activities. He beforehand labored for The Tennessean/USA TODAY Community, the place he was the Titans beat author for a 12 months and a half. He coated the Seattle Seahawks for for 3 seasons (2018-20) previous to transferring to Tennessee. You may comply with Ben on Twitter at @benyarthur.

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