Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks now holds more value as trade bait to the team, now being shopped per a report.
For two seasons Sen’Derrick Marks was considered a cornerstone member of the rebuilt Jacksonville Jaguars defense. He was supposed to be a stalwart pairing with fellow defensive tackle Roy Miller in the middle of the Jags defense.
Per a report from Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars are shopping Marks and expected to release cornerback Davon House. Both players were starters in the Jags rebuild but have since been surpassed by others.
Writing in a supporting article, O’Halloran elaborates on how House and Marks simply don’t fit anymore, saying:
"Last season, Marks and House were both critical of the coaching staff for their lack of playing time. While it would be easy to connect the dots, it would also be a stretch to think the Jaguars would cut them for their comments if they still believed they were productive."
Not reading too much into that, it is clear that the two players were not exactly meshing with the coaching staff or the direction the team wanted to go. While head coach Gus Bradley is now gone, defensive coordinator Todd Wash is still around and so is head coach Doug Marrone, who was the interim for two games to finish 2016.
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On a broader scale, however, the moves to shop Marks and to release House represents a position of strength of the Jags’ roster management. General manager Dave Caldwell and executive vice president for football operations Tom Coughlin must be confident in the current defensive line rotation or confident they can continue to add talent in the 2017 NFL Draft and free agency.
Here at B&T we wish both players the best of luck in their future endeavors, but are excited to see what the new, trimmed units can do going forward as well.