Well we are finally here, the Jacksonville Jaguars finished the regular season with a 5-11 record after a season that showed a lot of promise and disappointment. The Jaguars offense seems to be headed in the right direction but the firing of defensive coordinator Bob Babich, shows that the defensive unit in Jacksonville still needs a lot of work. After 3 years of rebuilding most Jaguar fans are now expecting the team to make a much bigger jump next season. The Jaguars will be very busy this offseason in free agency and in the draft, but first they will have some decisions of their own to make with their 12 free agents. Before I detail this list, I want to make it clear that in no way am I guaranteeing that these players won’t return but I personally think they are no longer needed in Jacksonville.
1. Zane Beadles
Zane Beadles isn’t a free agent but if the Jaguars release him by March 13th then they will save 5.5 million in cap room. Beadles was signed to a massive five year, 30 million dollar deal two years ago but with the way his contract is structured, the Jaguars can cut him this offseason and they won’t owe him any dead cap money. Beadles has severely underperformed since coming to Jacksonville and his performance is not deserving of the money he makes.
His play isn’t the only reason why I think he will be gone this offseason, the emergence of A.J. Cann and the return of Brandon Linder should be a huge factor in this decision. Brandon Linder who suffered a season ending injury this season, is clearly the best lineman for the Jaguars and A.J. Cann showed great promise in the 14 games he played in this season. If Beadles did indeed return to the Jaguars he would be a backup at best and I see no reason to pay a backup close to 5 million dollars.
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