Kaye's Take: Looking at the Jaguars' additions and subtractions from Day 1 of free agency

Jaguars Free Agency Day 1 Recap: Mike Kaye breaks down the moves

The Jaguars cracked open their ridiculously large piggy bank on Thursday.

The opening of free agency was fixated on defense for the Jaguars, as the team added three new starters to their ever-evolving puzzle. Jacksonville also added a new left tackle through a finally official trade.

The Jaguars cut their former starting defensive tackle and traded away an overpaid tight end.

They also re-signed a depth wide receiver and brought in a special teams ace.

Let's take a quick look at how each move makes sense for the Jaguars:

Additions 

A.J. Bouye

From the jump, Bouye was the Jaguars' guy. Despite the gauntlet of competition in their way on the free agent market, the Jaguars got their man. Bouye is a player who has seen his stock rise from an undrafted free agent to a solid backup to a surefire star in just two years. He has play-making ability and should be a viable tag team partner for Jalen Ramsey.

Branden Albert

The new left tackle has been coined as an upgrade to Kelvin Beachum by the Jaguars. He has a lot of experience and will clearly help the Jaguars' running game. The team also invested in a blindside blocker that can give quarterback Blake Bortles more time in the passing game.

Calais Campbell

The Jaguars needed pass rush help and a veteran presence in the locker room. The team got both with Campbell. He has 56.5 career sacks and is an absolute monster against the run. The 6-foot-8, 300-pound lineman will be among the oldest players on the roster, but he brings a successful pedigree with him from Arizona.

Barry Church

The Jaguars were looking for an upgrade over Johnathan Cyprien at strong safety. Church is a good fit if the Jaguars decide to keep the single-high safety look. A big-bodied defensive back, he will be a linebacker-safety hybrid for Jacksonville. He produced 85 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble last season.

Lerentee McCray

The special teams ace played at the nearby University of Florida. He will serve as a backup linebacker for the Jaguars and star on special teams for Joe DeCamillis. McCray played for DeCamillis in Denver in 2015.

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Subtractions

Sen'Derrick Marks

The former face of the franchise on defense lost snaps to big name free agent signings over the last two seasons. A pair of season-ending injuries forced him to miss some time and his spot on the roster suffered from it. He saved the Jaguars over $4.4 million in salary cap space with his departure. His release will also open up playing time for Sheldon Day, Michael Bennett and Abry Jones.

Johnathan Cyprien

The former second round pick will stay in the AFC South. Cyprien will join the Tennessee Titans this offseason, according to multiple reports. He is coming off a career year, but as a limited box safety, the Jaguars were not willing to meet his contract demands. He has been replaced by Church.

Julius Thomas 

The veteran was never used properly in Jacksonville and looked to have lost a step with the Jaguars. He was traded for a seventh round pick, which says a lot about his market value. Thomas will get a fresh start in Miami with his former offensive coordinator as his new head coach. Thomas went to two Pro Bowls under Adam Gase's guidance.

Luke Joeckel

It appears that Joeckel is moving on. Reports have linked the former second overall pick to the Seattle Seahawks. It's a one-year deal for Joeckel, who clearly needed a change of scenery and never became the franchise left tackle that the Jaguars were hoping for in 2013.

Staying Put

Bryan Walters

The veteran wide receiver is likely to factor into the Jaguars' slot receiver rotation. He has proven to have dependable hands. Bortles seemingly has chemistry with Walters and the Jaguars were eager to re-sign him. A return was a good move for both parties.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.

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