The Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t that great of a football team in 2013, but they weren’t the worst. For extended periods of time early in the season they were the worst, but they turned things around and as they enter the 2014 offseason, the future looks bright for the Jaguars.
Part of the reason for the optimism in Jacksonville is the cap space the team will be playing with when trying to fix the glaring holes on the roster. From quarterback questions to the need for depth at major positions like offensive line, wide receiver, defensive line and other areas, the Jaguars have work to do.
According to The Florida Union-Times, the Jaguars could have as much as $70 million to fix those holes with. Vitto Stellino reports that the Jaguars have $50 million in cap space in the 2014 offseason and could carry over the $20 million-plus they didn’t spend in 2013 to add to their total this year.
That means that we could see the Jaguars fix their roster much like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did with some top free agent names as well as the young rookies they draft in April. The Buccaneers pinched pennies for years but then went out and grabbed young rookies like Gerald McCoy, Mark Barron and Lavtone David and added veterans like Vincent Jackson, Darrelle Revis and Carl Nicks.
So while the 2013 season was hard to stomach at times for the Jaguars, the future is bright and money won’t be an issue in 2014.