Jaguars could benefit from other team's released talent

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The NFL is a business with a lot of turnaround.

While teams do their best to develop talent, it doesn't always work out. That's why former first round picks hit the market after 2-3 years of work.

However, one team's disregarded talent can be another team's treasure. The Jaguars might benefit from that line of thinking this offseason.

The impending free agent class offers plenty of appeal, but veterans unexpectedly hitting the market can change the trajectory of a team as well. 

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While some players may wear out their welcome with their former teams, a change of scenery can sometimes make all of the difference in the world. The spare parts on the market can flip a free agent class from a bore to a boom for a team willing to take on tainted talent.

The Los Angeles Chargers released guard/tackle D.J. Fluker on Tuesday, just ahead of the NFL's legal tampering period. Fluker, a former first round pick, has started 59 games over the last four seasons. While he wasn't up-to-par with the Chargers' line of thinking, he could be an upgrade at left or right guard for the Jaguars.

Fluker being on the market gives the Jaguars another potential fit at a position of need. If Jacksonville misses out on the likes of T.J. Lang or Kevin Zeitler, they have other options to explore.

The Jaguars could also use more cornerback depth. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut Alterran Verner and the Buffalo Bills have released Nickell Robey-Coleman. Those are two depth cornerbacks if the Jaguars miss out on some others down the road.

If the Jaguars are inclined to upgrade at center, former New York Jets lineman Nick Mangold is available. His price tag was too high for a rebuilding Jets squad, so now a Pro Bowl center is on the market.

If the team wants to start a kicking competition with Jason Myers, Nick Folk and Dan Carpenter were just added to a very limited kicker class.

The Jaguars will continue to see more options hit the market as teams try to adjust their salary cap space for new talent. It's an avenue Jacksonville can take advantage of.

Every once in a while when you're searching through the DVDs section at Wal-Mart you will find "Gangs of New York" in a $5 bin filled with "Teen Wolf 2" and "He's Just Not That Into You" fodder.

Picking up a recently released talent in free agency is a similar quest. Find the right guy and your team could be adding a quality contributor.

For a Jaguars team looking to overcome a history of losing, it's an encouraging market to monitor.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.

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