The Jaguars went from boring to bold in the span of just 24 hours during the NFL's legal tampering period.

Monday was a yawn but Tuesday was an off-road adventure that would make the Dukes of Hazzard jealous.

The Jaguars made some major additions and also had some notable departures. There are also several opportunities still out in the open for Jacksonville and its current group of free agents.

Before anything becomes official on Wednesday at 4 p.m., let's take a look at each addition, departure and rumor individually and discuss what they all mean for the Jaguars.



G Andrew Norwell (Source: ESPN, story): The Jaguars added a MASSIVE upgrade at the left guard position on Tuesday and it seemingly came out of nowhere. Jacksonville wasn't expected to make a major splash in free agency. In fact, the Jaguars were never really linked to Norwell in the first place.

Entering his fifth season, Norwell has plenty of upside and immediately makes the offensive line significantly better on paper. Norwell was selected as an All-Pro last season after strong performances in both areas of the offense.

The Jaguars need to open up more holes for former first-round pick Leonard Fournette. Norwell can show him the light (or space or whatever you want to call it).

WR Donte Moncrief (Source: ESPN): The Jaguars needed some major reinforcements at the wide receiver position following the early-morning news that former Pro Bowl pass-catcher Allen Robinson was headed to Chicago (more on that later). The new guy in the wide receiver room will be Moncrief, who has shown some flash since being selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jaguars were able to take away a talented wide receiver from an AFC South rival and give him a chance to make plays. Moncrief has a lot of upside but his presence won't stop the Jaguars from investing in the position in the draft.

Moncrief is a low-risk, high-reward player if the contract numbers are team-friendly. He has dealt with ankle and shoulder injuries over the last two years, so one would assume Moncrief comes here on a "prove it" deal.

WR Marqise Lee (Source: ESPN): Holy big deals, Batman! Lee is set to return on a four-year deal that screams "he is a starter at the very least." Lee had an up-and-down 2017 season, as he dealt with drops and injuries while also serving as the de facto No. 1 option in the receiving game. He has familiarity with the offense, the wide receiver room and quarterback Blake Bortles. It's hard to discount any of those three intangibles.

The money looks overblown on the surface (as most reported contracts do) but the Jaguars can probably get out of it after two years. Much like with the extensions for head coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell, Lee's bosses are going to expect more from him moving forward.

WR Shane Wynn: The pint-sized wide receiver was expected back all along as he was an exclusive rights free agent. Still, it's nice to see the training camp stud is returning for another go. The Jaguars are lacking in deep speed and he may be a partial solution to that problem.

CB D.J. Hayden (Source: With Colvin headed elsewhere, Hayden makes sense as a replacement. Similar to Mingo, Hayden is a first-round bust who found value outside of expectations. Players with notable draft pedigrees typically get second and third chances because they clearly have talent. Hayden - like Colvin - isn't a turnover machine, yet he still can make plays with the ball in the air.

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WR Allen Robinson (Source: ESPN): It takes both sides to reach an agreement and the reported money that Robinson got from the Chicago Bears was ultimately hard to match for Jacksonville. Robinson was treated well while he was in Jacksonville and he went on to make great money elsewhere. The Jaguars will move forward with their current group and some added wiggle room to bring in more playmakers and depth pieces.

Robinson should do well with all the additions the Bears are making on offense. Tight end Trey Burton and fellow wide receiver Taylor Gabriel should take away attention from the former second-round pick in coverage.

CB Aaron Colvin (story): The Jaguars wanted Colvin back in Jacksonville. In fact, the team was among his final bidders. Still, Colvin got an offer he couldn't refuse from the Houston Texans and he made his choice, which is probably the right one for him in the long-term. It's tough playing third wheel when there is a lot of investment in the top two guys. This was Colvin's shot to cash in and he did.

Colvin will make things tougher for the Jaguars' offense in the AFC South. Houston also has Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson at the cornerback position. The Jaguars are likely to fill Colvin's spot in the upcoming NFL Draft.

LB Paul Posluszny (story): Posluszny retired on Tuesday. His presence will be missed in the locker room but the Jaguars can easily fill his role on the field. I still expect the Jaguars to be aggressive at the linebacker position during the early days of free agency this week.


LB Barkevious Mingo (story): Mingo makes sense as a low-risk, high-reward addition at linebacker. He has plenty of experience and is a standout on special teams. He would fit in well as a SAM linebacker in the Jaguars' defense. Also, don't underestimate him as a third-down pass rush specialist.

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