Since signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, Paul Posluszny has been one of the most steady and consistent middle linebackers in the entire NFL. His 2014 campaign was the first time he missed significant time with the Jaguars, but the team has faith he can come back and play at a reasonable level moving forward. So much so in fact, that the team restructured his contract with the inclusion of a 1-year extension.
Posluszny was due to have a pretty sizable cap hit in 2015 ($7.45 million base salary with a $9.5 million cap hit), and this deal is likely going to lower his cap hit over the next 3 years. The deal appears to be a bit of a head scratcher at first since the Jaguars are probably going to start addressing the future of the linebacker position in this draft or the next, but the structure of the contract is likely very similar to the rest of the deals signed this offseason, such that the team can get it out of it quite easily in the next year or two.
Posluszny has been a liability in coverage for most of his career, but he’s started to drop off in general as a middle linebacker. After finishing 2011 as the 7th best inside linebacker in football according to Pro Football Focus, Poz has finished 47th, 37th, and 31st in the last 3 seasons.
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