The Jaguars and Marcell Dareus have agreed to a restructured contract per Field Yates. The deal will save the team $5 million in cap space this season.
This move, while unsurprising, does clear up one piece of the Jaguars 2019 offseason puzzle. Dareus is one of the 5-7 most talented players on the Jaguars roster and has been a mainstay at nose tackle since the team traded for him midway through the 2017 season. This roster move ensures that Dareus will be around in 2019.
The complete known details of the new deal are as follows. Dareus' base salary for 2019 will be just $2.835 million. Now, he gets a $5 million roster bonus up front and the final year of his deal is eliminated. So, the Jaguars now have Dareus under contract through 2020 instead of 2021.
This deal makes SOOOO much sense for the Jaguars and Dareus.
Dareus wants to be in Jacksonville but also wants the chance to earn another contract following the 2020 season. Giving him a $5 million bonus up front helps him out in the short term from a financial standpoint.
From the Jaguars perspective, it allows the team to hold on to one of their best defensive players and save them $5 million in cap space, which they desperately needed. This move gets the Jaguars under the salary cap and is likely one of many cap shedding moves that Tom Coughlin and company will over the next few weeks.
Are you happy to see Marcell Dareus back in Jacksonville? Let us know in the comments below!
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