On Monday the Jaguars elected not to exercise their club options on the contracts of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and linebacker Jake Ryan.
Prior to doing so, the Jaguars had negative cap space. But cutting Dareus ($20 million in cap savings) and Ryan (nearly $6 million in cap savings) saved the team over $25 million in 2020 cap space. As things currently stand, the Jaguars have right around $22 million in cap space.
But the cuts won’t likely stop there. Cornerback AJ Bouye is due $15.43 million in 2020. But the Jaguars would save $11.43 million by cutting him.
Other potential cap saving cuts?
- Marqise Lee ($5.25 million in cap savings)
- Andrew Norwell ($5.5 million in cap savings)
- Abry Jones ($4 million in cap savings)
- Geoff Swaim ($4 million in cap savings)
If the Jaguars were to part ways with all of those players, only one of which is a starting caliber player, they would clear an additional $30 million in salary cap space, getting to over $50 million in cap room.
Even if they only make a few of those moves, the Jaguars will still have more than enough space to sign Yannick Ngakoue to a long term deal and make a splash or two in free agency.
In this scenario, the teams’ biggest needs would be defensive tackle, interior offensive line, and cornerback.
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