Jaguars may turn attention to Olivier Vernon

AP

The Jacksonville Jaguars have many millions to spend. After spending many millions on Malik Jackson, they still have many millions more to spend.

Jeff Darlington of NFL Media reports that the Jaguars next may spend many millions on Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon.

The Dolphins have applied the transition tender to Vernon, giving them only the right to match any offer sheet Vernon signs elsewhere. Jacksonville has the space to load up the 2016 cap number to an amount that the Dolphins can’t or won’t match.

The Jaguars, as one source recently explained it to PFT, have a list of four or five targets for the early days of free agency. After they get (or don’t get) that group, they’ll regroup and focus on players that may be available in the second wave.

With a total cap number of $190 million available in 2016 and $90 million in open space, reportedly, the Jaguars have the money to both splurge on new players and to hold back for extending the contracts of key young players after the 2016 regular season ends. The goal will be to supplement the roster with some older players to compensate for a string of bad drafts that included drafting punter Bryan Anger while players like Vernon, Russell Wilson, Mohamed Sanu, Nick Foles, T.Y. Hilton, Lamar Miller, Travis Benjamin, Kirk Cousins, Jaye Howard, Malik Jackson, Josh Norman, Marvin Jones, Alfred Morris, and Danny Trevathan were on the board.