The Jaguars hosted free agents Dontari Poe and Latavius Murray on Monday, but their visits to EverBank Field did not end in contract agreements.
Poe, Kansas City’s two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, previously visited Indianapolis.
Murray, a 1,000-yard rusher for Oakland in 2015, is scheduled to visit Seattle later this week.
If signed, Poe would likely unseat the recently re-signed Abry Jones as the Jaguars’ starting nose tackle and Murray would join the tailback mix with Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon.
Even after seven free-agent signings and the trade for left tackle Branden Albert, the Jaguars have plenty of salary cap space.
According to the NFLPA’s website, the Jaguars’ salary cap space has gone from $77,934,999 (Friday) to $57,510,649 (Monday) as the new contracts are filed with the league office. The Jaguars have 69 players under contract but only the top 51 are applied to the salary cap at this stage. The Jaguars’ draft-pick pool (eight selections) next month will be around $10 million and the team needs to earmark that money.
Poe made $6.146 million last year for the Chiefs and Murray made $701,550 for the Raiders.
Poe became a free agent when Kansas City used its franchise tag designation on safety Eric Berry, who then signed a long-term contract.
“I consider [Poe] a really good football player,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said at the Scouting Combine. “By no means [was not tagging Poe] a slight on him.”
The Chiefs reportedly signed Philadelphia defensive tackle Bennie Logan on Monday.
Poe, listed at 6-foot-3 and 346 pounds, has played nose tackle in the Chiefs’ 3-4 scheme but the Jaguars are a 4-3 team so there would be a transition for him.
Poe led Kansas City’s defensive linemen in snaps played last year (821, including playoffs – 73.4 percent) but had a career-low 27 regular season tackles (plus 1 1/2 sacks).
Poe had 10 1/2 sacks in 2013-14 and was named to the Pro Bowl, but only 2 1/2 the last two years.
Murray was a teammate of Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles at Central Florida.
A sixth-round pick by Oakland, Murray was a back-up in 2014, but rushed for 1,066 yards on 266 carries in 2015 to make the Pro Bowl.
Last year, though, Murray’s production dropped to 788 yards because he split time with DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Murray did score 12 rushing touchdowns, which was fifth-most in the league.
The Jaguars’ interest in Murray is intriguing because they are so far committed to Yeldon and Ivory and next month’s draft projects to be laden with tailbacks.