True to what Caldwell said, the Jaguars probably feel they have in-house replacements at defensive tackle, free safety and right tackle.
They drafted defensive lineman Taven Bryan in the first round last year and he should be prepared to replace Jackson. Bryan had 20 tackles and one sack in 16 games.
Ultimately, Jackson was worth the money. In three seasons with the Jaguars, he never missed a game and totaled 18 sacks, including a career-high eight in 2017 when he was named to his first Pro Bowl. Jackson had less of an impact last year, finishing with 3½ sacks and struggling to help stop the run, which cost him a starting role for good in November.
After the Bryan pick, the Jaguars drafted safety Ronnie Harrison in the third round and offensive tackle Will Richardson in the fourth. Those positions do present questions, though.
The Jaguars will need to decide if Harrison and safety Jarrod Wilson, who was re-signed on a three-year deal in January, can coexist at the back end of their defense. Both seem better suited to play strong safety, so the Jaguars could look outside the organization for additional free safety help.
Richardson was limited by injuries as a rookie and did not play. The Jaguars must determine if he can be counted on as a Day 1 starter at right tackle or if the position will need to be addressed through free agency or more likely the draft.
The Jaguars could opt to give Richardson the first chance at right tackle and allocate free-agent money or a mid-round draft pick to replace right guard A.J. Cann, who becomes a free agent next week.
If the Jaguars sign Foles, it would allow them to use the No. 7 pick on an offensive tackle such as Alabama’s Jonah Williams or Florida’s Jawaan Taylor.
Could the Jacksonville Jaguars open the 2019 season with two different starters at safety from 2018? The team released Barry Church in December after losing his spot to then rookie Ronnie Harrison. Now, rumors have the team potentially trading Tashaun Gipson to free up cap space as free agency begins in one week.