The Jaguars tried to land another huge offensive building block two weeks ago by signing Cleveland center Alex Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet. The Browns matched it almost immediately, preventing the two-time Pro Bowler from joining Jacksonville.
"We felt like we had a great opportunity in front of us," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "I think it goes along with our philosophy: We always compete. We might not be able to get him, but that's OK, let's take a swing, go for it and see what happens.
"It just didn't work out, but we're not embarrassed about going for it because I think we're always competing."
Jacksonville plans to add several offensive players in next month's draft, with some speculation that Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins could be the team's first-round pick.
With Jones-Drew gone, the Jaguars certainly could use an offensive centerpiece and new leader.
"We're asking everybody to step up," Bradley said. "That's the challenge for us all. I think that each one of them needs to challenge each other to be their best. That's the type of leadership model we want to follow: to help each other get better. I feel like if we can get 90 guys in our locker room that are challenging each other, then we're making great strides."
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