One of the most discussed players this offseason for the Jacksonville Jaguars – for good reason – has been veteran guard Zane Beadles. One year after signing a deal that made him the prized acquisition of their 2014 free agent haul, the Jaguars haven’t shown much confidence in Beadles moving forward. After publicly discussing his up-and-down year, the Jaguars went ahead and drafted another guard in A.J. Cann in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
While Beadles has the inside track on the starting left guard spot, the fact that his job security is even being discussed is noteworthy enough given how much money he makes. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com thinks Beadles is a potential “surprise” traning camp roster cut candidate:
"9. Zane Beadles, Jacksonville Jaguars guard: Last year’s big free agent signing struggled transitioning to the Jaguars offense and the team drafted a potential replacement in the third round this season. Beadles should be safe, but this wouldn’t be a total shock."
The Jaguars honestly can’t afford to let go of what is at the very least quality depth along the offensive line. Even if Beadles is relegated to backup duty, he’s someone who can step in right away at either guard spot and provide adequate play. While his contract screams “overpaid,” the Jaguars are still in an extremely enviable salary cap situation so paying someone like Beadles well above market value isn’t a big deal.
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