The Jaguars have a number of key decisions to make regarding the makeup of their roster that will not only effect the franchise and their short term plans, but could also have a major impact on the long term health of the roster.
Let's take a look at five players the Jaguars should move on from in 2018.
1. Chris Ivory - Ivory is a guy that has shown flashes in Jacksonville, but has never been consistent enough to truly be an impact player. He's a liability every time he touches the ball fumbling seven times in the last two seasons for the Jaguars. He also doesn't bring anything to the table that Leonard Fournette doesn't. In fact, he's kind of like a poor man's version of Fournette. Ivory's main competition, TJ Yeldon, is a fantastic third down back and was very reliable down the stretch for the Jaguars, making several key plays throughout the season and in the playoffs. Corey Grant is a player that should see more involvement in the offense moving forward as he provides a jolt of electricity to the team nearly every time he touches the ball. That leaves no room for an aging Chris Ivory who doesn't do anything to differentiate himself from the other backs on the roster. Cutting Ivory will also give the Jaguars nearly $4 million in cap space this upcoming season.
2. Paul Posluszny - It pains me to say this but Poz is no longer a fit in Jacksonville. He's a fantastic run defender, leader, and overall professional, but his style of play no longer fits what the Jaguars need from their linebackers. Every position on the Jaguars defense has speed, something Posluszny severely lacks. In any crucial passing situation for opposing offenses they know who to target with receivers and backs: Poz. He simply can't cover the field from sideline to sideline and it has burned the Jaguars in the past. Posluszny is set to be an unrestricted free agent and is a player that the Jaguars can easily replace at this point in his career. He's no longer need to play a leadership role with veteran leaders like Calais Campbell and Telvin Smith in the fold.
3. Chad Henne - Check down Chad should be replaced this offseason as the Jaguars second string QB. He provides little at this point and should not be relied upon if the Jaguars' starter (whoever that may be) is to go down. His lack of mobility, penchant for getting balls batted at the line, and overall lack of playmaking ability make him someone the Jaguars can easily replace. They should look to do so with a different veteran or potentially with a rookie draft pick. Henne is 32 and is set to be an unrestricted free agent.
4. Marqise Lee - The last sighting of the Albino Tiger in black and teal may have already come and gone. Lee is set to be a free agent this offseason and could command upwards of $7.5 million per year. With emerging young players Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, and Jaydon Mickens plus the expected return of Allen Robinson the Jaguars should not fork out that kind of change to re-sign a player that led the league in drops and was far from clutch in the key moments for the Jaguars this season. Lee certainly has upside and can be an exciting player. A change of scenery might be best for Lee at this point in his career and would allow the Jaguars young playmakers more of an opportunity to develop.
5. Allen Hurns - Agent 88 has been a mainstay for the Jaguars since he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014. His first two years for the Jaguars were sensational, but since signing a hefty contract prior to the 2014 season Hurns has been injured far too often and has been less than stellar when on the field. If the Jaguars cut Hurns they'll save $7 million in cap space this year and even more the following season. Hurns simply isn't living up to his contract and lacks the explosiveness of a Keelan Cole or Dede Westbrook.
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