SF 49ers free agency: 5 potential landing spots for Trent Williams
By Peter Panacy
No. 1: Jacksonville Jaguars
While the Colts own the second-most cap space in the NFL this offseason, there’s one team above them who have more money with which to play and a scenario where purging the SF 49ers’ starting left tackle makes sense: the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With $73.2 million in available cap space and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jaguars could go in a lot of different directions once they settle on a new head coach.
San Francisco 49ers
It’s not a bad situation to be in, and the Niners Wire’s Marc Delucchi explained why Trent Williams would be a perfect fit there:
"Expected to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall selection in this year’s draft, no team is better positioned to invest in the rest of their roster. Between Lawrence, Gardner Minshew, and Jake Luton, the Jaguars quarterback room will count for less than $6 million against the team’s cap next season. Even if the salary cap is set at just $175 million, the Jags will still have nearly $75 million in salary-cap space. With a gaping hole at left tackle, there’s no reason Williams would not be a top priority."
Quarterbacks on cheap contracts in 2021, including the would-be addition of Lawrence, sure make it easier for Jacksonville to splurge elsewhere, and getting some much-needed protection right away would help ensure a player like Lawrence wouldn’t experience the pass-rushing headaches his 2019 predecessors like Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow went through their rookie years.
It’s an ideal situation. The Jags can outbid the SF 49ers with ease and won’t have to worry about that contract coming back to haunt them for a long time, if ever.
Unless the Niners go all-in on Williams, of course.
All cap and contractual figures courtesy of Over the Cap.