Vincent Jackson: Why Jacksonville Jaguars Must Sign Free Agent WR

Colton Kokrda@kokrdaCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2012

Vincent Jackson would provide a huge boost for Jacksonville.
Vincent Jackson would provide a huge boost for Jacksonville.Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Last season, it was blatantly obvious the Jacksonville Jaguars were missing something from their offense.

After spending their first-round draft pick on quarterback Blaine Gabbert out of Missouri, the Jags have their quarterback of the future. However, they were missing a very important piece of the puzzle: a weapon to throw to.

The Jaguars' top receiver last season was Mike Thomas. Thomas caught 44 passes for 415 yards, and only one of those receptions was for a touchdown. Two players tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions: Maurice Jones-Drew and Jason Hill with three a piece.

One of the main problems facing the Jags is a lack of a superior weapon for Blaine Gabbert to throw to. The Jaguars haven't had a good wideout since Jimmy Smith's days on the team.

Enter Vincent Jackson.

Signing Jackson would provide a huge boost for the Jaguars' offense and would compliment their already-elite running game behind Maurice Jones-Drew.

Pair a Jackson signing with another wide receiver acquisition (Malcolm Floyd in the draft, or another free agent), and the passing game will be able to improve drastically.

Last season saw Jackson catch 60 passes for a total of 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns. Just for comparison sake, that is almost more yards and is more touchdowns than the top three wide receivers for the Jags last season.

Adding Jackson will also provide young QB Blaine Gabbert with the opportunity to grow into a formidable starter for the Jaguars in the future. With nobody to throw to currently, it is difficult for Gabbert to reach his true potential.

Improving the passing game will also take the pressure off of Maurice Jones-Drew next season. Last season was a career year for MJD, as he had a career high 343 attempts and both a career-high and league-leading 1,606 yards. With a passing game as a more formidable option, the Jaguars will be able to preserve Jones-Drew more to help keep him healthy.

The Jags reportedly have money to spend and are looking to spend to the cap in order to improve their team.

Vincent Jackson would be one of the best additions the Jaguars can make.