Having assumed ownership of the Jaguars, Shad Khan was a spectator two years ago during free agency and bought what then-general manager Gene Smith was selling.
The Jaguars signed receiver Laurent Robinson, quarterback Chad Henne and cornerback Aaron Ross and re-signed defensive linemen Jeremy Mincey and C.J. Mosley to multiyear contracts worth a combined $80.25 million.

“We were two players away from making the playoffs so we spent in free agency, and we know what happened,” Khan recalled Tuesday at the NFL’s annual meeting.

The Jaguars went 2-14.

Smith was axed.

Robinson, Ross and Mosley were cut after the 2012 season.

Mincey was waived late in the 2013 season.

Only Henne remains with the organization.

Reminding reporters of that offseason was Khan’s way of discussing the progress he hopes the Jaguars have made this month while adding seven players for a reasonable rate and keeping the draft as their primary focus.

“Certainly, I’ve learned my lesson,” he said. “If you look at the teams that are successful, they’re going to be built through the draft, and some missing pieces will be filled in with free agency. That is the formula for success.”

The Jaguars have 11 picks in this year’s draft, and general manager Dave Caldwell hopes to add more via trades. At the root of the Jaguars’ problems this decade has been woeful drafting — only 18 players under contract were drafted by the team, including eight from last year. That — and the unsuccessful 2012 free agent spending spree — contributed to six straight non-winning years.

“This rebuilding over and over again is brutal for the fans. It’s brutal if you have anything to do with it,” Khan said.

The win-loss record has been brutal. The Jaguars are 6-26 in Khan’s two years as owner.

But he remains confident the franchise is on the right path with Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley.