This week, I will be going over key players that the Jaguars chose to not bring back to the organization for the 2019 season. Included with the names, are some quick thoughts and why the Jaguars let them go.
Malik Jackson– Jackson was cut 3 years into a 6 year deal signed back in 2016. The Jaguars had to cut either Jackson, Marcell Dareus, or Calais Campbell. The latter two agreed to restructure their deals to give the Jaguars cap room, so Jackson was the odd man out. Jackson was one of my favorite players along the defensive line, but became a run liability. Jackson played in every game as a Jaguar and finished with 19 sacks, and 84 solo tackles through 3 years. He also will be remembered for the video below after the Jaguars beat the Steelers when Tennessee Titans defensive lineman made jokes about quarterback Blake Bortles. Cutting Jackson saved the Jaguars $11 million in cap space for 2019. Jackson has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on a 3 year contract.
Jermey Parnell– Parnell was signed in 2015 and was a player that consistently started. He started 57 of the 67 games played in a Jaguars uniform. The Jaguars signed him back in 2015 to aid the worst offensive line in the league and having Parnell did improve the line. He had his bad moments, while in a Jaguars uniform, but was someone that you could really count on to play. Cutting Parnell saved the Jaguars $6 million. He has still not signed with a team.
Carlos Hyde– Jaguars acquired Hyde mid-season because they were not aware of how long starting running back Leonard Fournette would be out for. They sent the Browns a 2019 5thround pick for the service of Hyde. Hyde never got going in a Jaguars uniform, and his time was short lived. This was a swing and a miss of a trade by general manager Dave Caldwell and executive vice president Tom Coughlin. Cutting Hyde saved the Jaguars $4.7 million. Hyde has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on a 1 year contract.
Carson Tinker– Tinker was signed in 2013 and was the team’s longsnapper for the last 6 years. However, Tinker could not stay healthy the last two years, and the team opted to re-sign Matt Overton as their long snapper over Tinker. Tinker will be remembered as a special teams leader and a fan-favorite. Tinker has still not signed with a team.
Tashaun Gipson Sr.– Along with Jackson, Gipson was signed by the Jaguars to join the organization in 2016. Gipson had 2 more years left on his deal, but as the Jaguars continued to clear cap room, Gipson was one of the major cuts. Gipson was a pivotal member of the Jackson 5 (the nickname that was given to the Jaguars secondary by fans along with Barry Church, Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Colvin, and AJ Bouye). Gipson played in every single game as a member of the Jaguars. He finished his Jaguar career with 6 interceptions and 121 tackles. Cutting Gipson saved the Jaguars $7.45 million. Gipson has signed with the division rival Houston Texans on a 3 year contract.
Blake Bortles– Caldwell took a shot on a raw prospect as the #3 pick in the 2014 Draft to be the franchise quarterback. It backfired. Bortles was highly erratic throughout 5 years in Jacksonville. However, although he drew tons of criticism from people outside the organization, he powered through and become one of the most lovable guys in the Jacksonville community. He has set up a foundation here in Jacksonville, and is someone that always put the team ahead of himself. Bortles finished his Jaguars career with a 24-49 record as a starter, 103 touchdowns, 75 interceptions, and a completion percentage of 59.3%. Bortles also finished with a 2-1 postseason record. Even though everyone knew it was coming, it still felt weird seeing the notification come across that Blake Bortles was released. Cutting Bortles saved the Jaguars $4.5 million, but will have to take a cap hit of $16.5M.
TJ Yeldon– Yeldon was a very good backup running back for the Jaguars the last two years and came in and started whenever Fournette was either hurt or suspended. The team elected not to bring back Yeldon. Yeldon finished his Jaguars career with 1,872 rushing yards, and 6 rushing touchdowns. Yeldon has still not signed with a team.
Corey Grant– The Jaguars re-signed Grant last offseason to a 1 year deal, after Grant was a x-factor to the Jaguars success in 2017. Unfortunately, injuries derailed his season and he once again ended on injured reserve, ending his stint with the Jaguars. Grant finished his Jaguars career with 454 yards rushing and 3 rushing touchdowns. Grant has still not signed with a team, as he rehabs from his injury.
Donte Moncrief– Moncrief was brought to Jacksonville last offseason on a one year prove-it deal, and it did not work out. Moncrief was expected to step up after the Jaguars lost receiver Marqise Lee to a preseason season-ending injury. Moncrief did not live up to expectations and was not worth the $10M that the organization signed him to. Moncrief caught 48 passes for 668 yards and 3 touchdowns in 1 year as a Jaguar. Moncrief has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a 2 year deal.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins– The Jaguars signed Seferian-Jenkins to a two year deal last offseason, but cut him after one year and declined the second year of that option deal. Seferian-Jenkins played only in 5 games in the 2018 season and then aggravated a past core injury, then ended the season on injured reserve. Seferian-Jenkins caught 11 passes for 90 yards and 1 touchdown in his 5 games as a Jaguar. Seferian-Jenkins has yet to sign with a team, after being released.
Next week, I will be recapping the additions to the Jaguars.